Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book

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There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus ...

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Overview

There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo!

Every child who opens the book will be amazed—and so will every parent.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gallop! adds a magical dimension to the book experience. Based on a patented new six-phase animation technology, this picture book brings animals into lifelike motion: A horse gallops, a dog runs, a cat springs, a rooster struts, a butterfly flutters, an eagle soars, and a turtle paddles across a page of water. An illusionist marvel enhanced by a fun-filled rhyming text.
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."
New York Times Book Review
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."
The Washington Post
Parenting.com
"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."
—www.parenting.com, "Daily Favs"
From the Publisher
"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."
—www.parenting.com, "Daily Favs"
Julie Just
…the swinging chimp (and leaping cat or soaring eagle) are mesmerizing enough for all ages, especially for aspiring artists who will want to know how it's done.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Seder makes his children's book debut with his groundbreaking Scanimation technology in this primer on motion that actually depicts a variety of animals running, swinging from trees or in flight. 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. Ages 3-up. (Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761147633
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/22/2007
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 77,498
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Rufus Butler Seder is an optical genius whose first significant invention was Lifetiles, glass-walled murals that appear to come to life when the viewer walks by. He’s installed them at the Smithsonian, SeaWorld, Union Station, and other museums, aquariums, train stations, and ocean liners around the world. Next came Scanimation, and his company EyeThink, Inc., a business that produces a line of toys and gifts using technologies he’s invented. Mr. Seder lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Beautiful 3D moving picture book

    This is one of six book in Rufus Butler Seder's scanimation series. It contains 10 scanimation pictures which have basic text next to them such as "Can you spring like a cat?" next to a picture of a cat leaping into the air. These books are well made and "move" when you open and close the book carefully. They are absolutely brilliant for children from age 6 months upwards. My daughter who is nearly three still loves these books as does her cousin who is nearly 8. My friends' teenage daughter and son love them too in particular the Wizard of Oz and Stars Wars which contain actual quotes from the films. Definitely worth owning at least one of these books. You can also get the greetings cards which the moving horse on them which really wow the recipient. I would definitely recommend. Gallop, Kick and Swing are in black and white and Waddle, Wizard of Oz and Stars Wars are in colour. My favourites are Waddle and Wizard of Oz. Wizard of Oz has a beautiful red glitter cover just like Dorothy's shoes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    very cleaver book

    my grandson saw this at school and really liked it so I bought it for him

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    Very unique series

    When I found this the first thing that came to mind was how unique it was and the enjoyment it would give to the young reader. They are able to move the pages and watch the animals gallop, run, fly, etc. As they move the page back and forth they can make the animals go as fast as they want.

    I think that anyone who has a little one who enjoys books that this is a good purchase. It is also a very durable book and should wear well.

    Definitely would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

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    Wonderful Book!

    I gave this as Christmas gifts to the little ones last year and it was a big hit and still is a favorite of the whole family. It's really such a neat book and I recommend buying it.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    The way the pictures move are captivating

    I have given this book to close to 20 children by now and they are all amazed at how the animals move. This is so much better than a pop up book,whihc most kids destroy quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

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    My two- and four-year-old nephews LOVED this book!

    I bought this for my two-year-old nephew's birthday and he got such a kick watching the pictures ,move. His older brother was better at making them move. I was tempted to take one page apart to see how it worked, but they didn't seem interested in the mechanics behind hte magic. I got swing for my one-year-old daughter, but she wasn't as impressed. We'll bring it out again when she's older. The hardest part about htis book is waiting for your turn.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Charming book for children and adults

    I bought both of his books, mainly for myself, but my 7 year old nephew likes to flip through them as well.
    Well done.
    I'm a big fan of holograms and other such things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    It had me mesmerized!

    Gallop!, by Rufus Butler Seder, is a fun little piece that will have young children moving around as they show off their agility and physically respond to questions like ¿Can you gallop like a horse?¿ or ¿Can you flutter like a butterfly?¿ There¿s not much of a plot here, but that¿s not the point. It¿s the lyrical rhyming of the text, the colorful lettering of the print, and most of all, the patented Scanimation® pictures that will have children (and their parents) wanting to read this book again and again. Yes, Scanimation® it¿s a technique that optically animates artwork. Thus, as the reader turns a page, the displayed animal moves. I admit it it had me mesmerized. Quill says: Out with the old, in with the new. Move over pop-up books. You now have some stiff competition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    It's alive!

    My 3 year old daughter picked this up at the book store and the first thing she said was 'mom this book is alive'. I was thinking, what? Harry Pottery alive?! Then I saw the book moving. Very cool book. Had to buy it after my daughter's comment. For my 5 year old, it's a nice easy beginning reading book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    Wonderful!

    Really, Really cool book! Even the adults were entertained by this. Nothing like you have ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    toddlers will love it!

    There is movement without tearing out the pages. Very clever, I can see this becoming an exciting trend in board books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Unique book

    I've not seen this type of animation before, but it's very cool -- and the variety of animals is amusing. I think small kids will really enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Just bought all of them!

    This book is so clever. My two year old was sooooo excited by the animation. I bought all of them at our Barnes and Noble for kids gifts.

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