Synopses & Reviews
In The Other Side, artist, designer, provocateur Istvan Banyai takes readers on another exceptional visual journey. In graphically stunning illustrations that feature many clever twists in point of view, familiar scenes turn and turn again to show us the back, the front, the top, the bottom, the opposite, the other side of each perspective. Here's a door. What's on the other side? Here's a shoreline. What's on the other side? Here's a curtain. What's on the other side? The answers may surprise you. Delightful, sly, funny, and challenging, The Other Side will make readers want to look, and think, twice.
"Like a Mbius strip, each page in this revelatory, nearly wordless book offers intimate perspectives on the same scene. In one of the simplest vignettes, the word 'loop' flips into 'pool,' and in another, a circular spotlight shape highlights a tiny red triangle in the center of a page, while 'the other side' pictures a yellow chick pecking through the paper. The initial pages encourage readers to seek a narrative, as in REM, Banyai's riff on dreaming, or Zoom, whose 'plot' involved infinitely expanding views on the world. At first, six diagrams demonstrate how to fold a paper airplane, an indoor view follows the plane out of an apartment window and an outdoor view shows a boy at an adjacent window, releasing a flurry of origami planes. The very next page pictures a jet flying over a city, and 'the other side' pictures its seated, bored passengers. Yet as the book proceeds, the images' connections grow more tenuous until unity is provided by only a few recurrent objects (a penguin, a spotted dog) and Banyai's hip style: graphite sketches enhanced with crisp digital colors such as stop-sign red, pale pink and hazard yellow. This volume's puzzles are not as densely intertwined as those in Banyai's previous work, but the author contrives yet another transformative page-turner. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Istvan Banyai's new book, The Other Side
, like its predecessors, Zoom
, is visually elegant, devilishly clever and not dependent on words." -The New York Times Book Review
"Cunning line drawings serve up a fast-paced, hall-of-mirrors-style adventure that cleverly reveals a timeless point: There are two sides to every story." -Parenting Magazine
"...another transformative page-turner." -Publishers Weekly
"If this is a children's book, I don't ever want to grow up." -The Kansas City Star
"Children who delight in picture puzzles or who enjoy meticulously decoding sequential art may barely come up for air." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"There's nothing mundane or predictable about Banyai's wordless picture book....This is a challenging book, one that allows for creative speculation. The graphite-rendered artwork is quirky as well as infinitely interesting. Not everyone will get the sly humor, or be prepared to indulge in a book that demands such work. However, those who give it a try will be drawn into a though-provoking, whimsical world. It's a book that begs to be talked about, and teachers will find it a useful tool for discussions about point-of-view and perspective." -School Library Journal
Humorous. Graphic. Thought-provoking. Take a look! In
In graphically stunning illustrations that feature clever twists in points of view, familiar scenes turn and turn again to show each perspective. Full color.
About the Author
Istvan Banyai, the acclaimed Hungarian-born creator of Zoom and Re-Zoom, and the illustrator of several other books for children, is also well known for his editorial illustrations, which have been published in the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, among other journals. His perspective, always unexpected (sometimes even to him), has made him one of the most original and iconoclastic illustrators today. He lives in New York and Connecticut.