Endless Journey

Endless Journey

by Fulvio Testa
     
 

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Fulvio Testa invites youngsters on an endless journey--a journey of discovery that encourages observation and imagination. An ordinary room filled with everyday objects opens a world of possibilities to explore. There are adventures to be had at every turn. Look. Imagine. Enjoy!

Author Biography: Fulvio Testa has created many outstanding picture books,

Overview

Fulvio Testa invites youngsters on an endless journey--a journey of discovery that encourages observation and imagination. An ordinary room filled with everyday objects opens a world of possibilities to explore. There are adventures to be had at every turn. Look. Imagine. Enjoy!

Author Biography: Fulvio Testa has created many outstanding picture books, including If You Take a Paintbrush, If You Take a Pencil, and for North-South, The Paper Airplane and Too Much Garbage. He divides his time between homes in New York City and Italy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This cryptic, ultimately unrewarding visual game generates mystery with questions and wordless spreads. On the first page, an unseen narrator announces, "I'm going on a journey." The accompanying indoor scene presents a mouse hole, segments of toy railroad tracks, a wooden trunk and framed images, all suggestive of an impending trip into unseen regions. In the following spread, one framed picture of an ocean and sailboat enlarges to fill an entire page. "Where have we seen these before?" the narrator asks. Subsequent images show the boat moored on a tropical beach, a man among palm trees ("Should we be afraid?"), a wall-hanging of a winking lion and a binocular view of pointy Swiss-cheese mountains and a train driven by mice. Throughout the enigmatic sequence, Testa (If You Take a Paintbrush) poses questions like "Where is here? Do you know?" Various interpretations are possible: perhaps someone is traveling or looking at photos, perhaps the speaker is a boy or a mouse. But unlike the multi-layered illustrations of David Wiesner or Istvan Banyai, Testa's sparse watercolors do not yield fresh discoveries upon rereading. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Come along on this quirky trip. A room full of everyday objects supplies endless adventures for the imaginative. Visit an exotic island via sailboat. Travel on a train to who knows where. Twenty-five pages contain just 80 words (only one with more than two syllables). Bright and colorful simple pictures often stand alone as invitations to exercise young imaginations. This book is short on words and demands work on the part of readers. It is not a book for everyone. You may be familiar with Italian writer Testa who also authored If You Take a Paintbrush, The Paper Airplane, and Too Much Garbage. 2001, North-South Books, $15.95 and $15.88. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Chris Gill AGES: 3 4 5 6
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Testa returns to a theme explored in Cat and Mouse and Something to Do (Random, 1998): the use of imagination in bringing ordinary objects to life. Readers embark on a journey that begins and ends outside a mouse hole in a boy's room. The places visited look curiously familiar because children will have seen them in the opening spread that depicts a domestic setting. A picture of a sailboat and an island, jungle foliage, and sections of toy trains and track appear in a box or on a wall or shelf, and then reappear in fanciful scenes of the imagination. Full-page illustrations are lush in color and detail, with a flat, cartoonlike quality. While the text is spare and simple, it does not provide an easy, linear reading experience; a certain amount of page turning, forward and back, is required to figure out what's going on as readers' powers of observation are tested. Compelling illustration may not be sufficient to hold beginning readers' interest; a tour guide may be required on this journey.-Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735815049
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Testa has created many outstanding picture books. He divides his time between homes in New York City and Italy.

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