Imagine

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Inspiring, intriguing, endlessly entertaining ? Norman Messenger's interactive book allows us to step out of our everyday lives, shed our preconceptions, and experience a little magic.

IMAGINE . . . a ladder without steps, a clock without hands, a racket without strings, a kiss without a mouth. Imagine a world where the hills have faces and wherever you went, you'd have someone to talk to. Imagine flipping a series of flaps to form fantastical...

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Overview

Inspiring, intriguing, endlessly entertaining — Norman Messenger's interactive book allows us to step out of our everyday lives, shed our preconceptions, and experience a little magic.

IMAGINE . . . a ladder without steps, a clock without hands, a racket without strings, a kiss without a mouth. Imagine a world where the hills have faces and wherever you went, you'd have someone to talk to. Imagine flipping a series of flaps to form fantastical creatures or turning a wheel to fit the top of one face on the bottom of another. Imagine that Norman Messenger's quirky, humorous suggestions, ingenious visual puzzles, and beautifully crafted illustrations will open your eyes and mind and reveal that — with a little imagination — the world can become a different and mysterious place, where anything is possible.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Norman Messenger's paper-over-board Imagine, animals morph into each other with the flip of a flaps; people exchange features with the turn of a wheel, and pictures of places are not what they seem in this illustrated book that challenges perception ("Imagine... a door without a room. Would you be indoors or outdoors?"). Puzzles, riddles and provocative ideas brim from the pages. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The author presents us here with a series of provocative stimuli for our imagination. In vignettes and on single and double pages—complete with lift-the flaps, fold-outs, and turning circles—he challenges our visual and mental acuity, with "look, and look again." Sometimes it is almost silly, like a bicycle with square wheels, or a teapot without a spout. Other times it is a wild search to find the giants hidden in the landscape, or the differences between two seemingly identical pictures. Fold-outs reveal strange animals and people. In the upper corners of pages there are small puzzles, mathematical to figure out or in pieces to be copied, cut out, and rearranged. The mind can hardly absorb it all. Colored pencils and watercolors combine to create intriguing landscapes with mountaintop castles, and clumps of trees which become figures and faces. Naturalistic parts of animals on the flip pages become somewhat less natural when the pages overlap or open out. Fortunately, the answers to the puzzles are in the back; unfortunately, it is tempting to peek when frustrated. But stay on task: exercise your visual imagination, note the samples on the end-papers and the arresting partial dust jacket, then pursue the experience inside. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 up.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Here Messenger elaborates on the split-page, mix-and-match format of his Making Faces (1993) and Famous Faces (1995) with additional special effects, including fold-over flaps, a paper wheel and extravagantly detailed landscapes with hidden figures or impossible perspectives. For all his theme and technical expertise, though, "imagination" is in rather short supply; the text often falls flat-"Imagine a teapot without a spout . . . You would get very thirsty." "Imagine a face without a mouth . . . A kiss would be such a disappointment"-and many of the visuals rely on distortion rather than illusion or clever misdirection. Readers fond of picking out subtle changes between two ostensibly identical scenes, or creating portmanteau animals with flips of flaps will enjoy this-but not even the running set of visual puzzles tucked into tiny boxes in the corners will engage children past a once-over. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763627577
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 702,827
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.08 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN MESSENGER began his career as an advertising art director in London before turning to freelance illustration. He is a highly regarded illustrator and was a founding member of the Association of Illustrators in Great Britain. His books for children include ANNABEL'S HOUSE , winner of the Redbook Award; MAKING FACES; and THE CREATION STORY. Born and raised in Liverpool, he now lives with his artist wife in Gloucestershire, England, and has two artist sons. IMAGINE is his first book with Candlewick Press.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great book!!

    My third grader loves this book. Her teacher recommended it as a Christmas gift. She keeps one in her classroom, and it occupies the child's imagination for a long time. Although there's not much text, it encourages discussion and thinking.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    A favorite at our children's school

    Both of my boys have brought this book home from the school library, and from the looks and condition of it, so have many others. It is a well-loved book! The kids enjoy the illustrations and interacting with the book by flipping the flaps to change what they see. This book is an interesting, fun, more mature take on the lift-the-flap books they loved as younger children!

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