Henri Rousseau Tunnel Book

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Henri Rousseau's famous 1908 jungle painting Fight Between a Tiger and a Buffalo is presented through the windowed format of this appealing cousin of the pop-up book—the tunnel book. Following the tradition of the paper peep show, sturdy covers support the two ends of an accordion-pleated paper tube that can be stretched out to provide a three-dimensional view of Rousseau's flora and fauna, including snakes in the trees and tigers ready to pounce, all layered in paper cutouts faithfully reproduced from the ...
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Overview


Henri Rousseau's famous 1908 jungle painting Fight Between a Tiger and a Buffalo is presented through the windowed format of this appealing cousin of the pop-up book—the tunnel book. Following the tradition of the paper peep show, sturdy covers support the two ends of an accordion-pleated paper tube that can be stretched out to provide a three-dimensional view of Rousseau's flora and fauna, including snakes in the trees and tigers ready to pounce, all layered in paper cutouts faithfully reproduced from the painting. A 16-page book providing an introduction to the self-taught French painter and his fantastical canvases is also included.
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"You'll be mesmerized by this spectacular look into the jungle of French artist Henri Rousseau. A unique viewing experience."  —The Bloomsbury Review

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this unusual book, the package when opened must be expanded to create a tunnel book, which as the insert sheet explains is based on a development in the 1400s with the creation of "Peep shows." Small panels of illustrations are attached to concertina sides to give perspective. These were popular toys in the 1800s. Since the book would not stand up to rough handling, I am not so sure that this is the ideal book for a young child. It does give an interesting look at a well-known painting Fight Between a Tiger and a Buffalo by a famous artist. The paperback book that comes packaged with the scene is far too detailed for the average young reader. It would have great appeal to art students and art teachers and those interested in the various forms of books through the ages. The story of Rousseau's life is succinctly presented, and examples of his works show his very distinctive style. Ridiculed in his early years, struggling to live and raise a family, his works now hang in museums and command thousands of dollars—a vindication of his persistence and vision.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975415016
  • Publisher: Tunnel Vision Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Take a Peek series
  • Pages: 16
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Joan Sommers is a book designer and the author of A Sunday on La Grand Jatte Tunnel Book. She lives in Chicago.
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