lgrosfield, December 19, 2007 (view all comments by lgrosfield)
Our local book and toy company brought this book to my attention. They flew off the shelves and unfortunately I was not the lucky grandmother to purchase Gallop. Being a grandmother with a mission I spent several days going to all retailers in town and finally I found it. After brining Gallop to work and sharing it with co-workers many of them are off to purchse Gallop as a last minute Christmas gift for their child or grand child. This book brings words to life and will most certainly spark an interest in reading. We are looking forward to more Scanimation Picture Books.
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shein, December 17, 2007 (view all comments by shein)
I live very far from US. After read the preview and comments, i found it must be a very great one! I love animation and pictures very much. I hope be able to get one via online purchase and let myself have a chance to read the book far from US.
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Jacqui, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by Jacqui)
This book is so cool. I would try to describe the animations but someone more eloquent than I has already tried. I arranged to pick up the book at my local independent bookstore based solely on the description and still wasn't prepared for how cool it was. Its a "must purchase" for anyone between the ages of 2 and 6. I would have bought it for my daughter when she was younger because she loved books, and kids older than 6 will be just as fascinated by the pictures, but in between those years is when it will truly be magical. Oh - and the poems that go with each animal are also very cute and colorful. They are an enjoyable accompaniment only slightly overshadowed by the brilliant animation.
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cehgray, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by cehgray)
I ordered this book because it sounded interesting, but then I opened it -- and it moved! This is such a great idea! We're ordering more for everyone we know.
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mjo73, November 26, 2007 (view all comments by mjo73)
Not only is this book a great gift for my little girl it also serves as an excellent reference source. I use it in my work as an animator. Very nice format and beautifully designed.
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Workman Publishing Company -
A book that will charm and amuse any little one on your list. The horse really gallops; the chimp really swings from a tree — all through the magic of "scanimation."
by Publishers Weekly, starred review,
"Readers will gasp with delight when they open this book, produced as paper-over-board: a hidden tab in each heavy page slides an acetate layer printed with vertical black lines over an encoded, detailed image of a horse, rooster, turtle or other creature, and the layers' interaction creates the illusion of motion. The black-and-white images openly reference the motion photography of Eadweard Muybridge (an influence that Seder acknowledges on the copyright page) and they contrast with the bright palette used for the spare, reader-directed text. ('Can you soar like an eagle?/ Whoosh-whoosh-glide!/ Can you swing like a chimp?/ Swoop-swoop-slide!') This book may encourage plenty of galloping — and jumping, running and bounding — on the part of young readers; adults will find it a marvel to look at in its own right."
"At first glance, this looks like a regular old picture book — but the second you open it up, you'll be mesmerized. Thanks to a brand-new technique called 'scanimation,' the images on each page seem to move, as though you were watching a film instead of simply reading. Horses gallop, eagles soar — and young readers' jaws drop! It's the coolest book we've seen in a while.
by New York Times Book Review,
"The pictures of animals, birds and fish seem to move with extraordinary naturalism....[The animals] are mesmerizing for all ages, especially for aspiring artists who will want to know how it's done."
by The Washington Post,
"Gallop, by Rufus Butler Seder, made an obvious case for itself with ooh-ah graphics, using trademarked Scanimation, a low-tech marvel of sliding paper and stripes. Turn the page, and you set black-and-white pictures of various animals into motion — that is, if certain short people ever let you turn the page. Your kids will elbow you out of the way. They will also elbow each other out of the way."
Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page in this book is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies.
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