Pinwheel

Overview

Turn the wheel and watch each scene transform with spinning, eye-catching designs! Award-winning artist Salina Yoon's spectacular display of kinetic art immerses readers in a colorful, poetic journey. From a balloon-filled sky to the deep blue sea, Pinwheel reminds readers of the beauty all around them. Let the fun begin with every spin!

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Overview

Turn the wheel and watch each scene transform with spinning, eye-catching designs! Award-winning artist Salina Yoon's spectacular display of kinetic art immerses readers in a colorful, poetic journey. From a balloon-filled sky to the deep blue sea, Pinwheel reminds readers of the beauty all around them. Let the fun begin with every spin!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yoon follows Kaleidoscope (2012) with another well-executed interactive book, building her scenes around turn-wheels embedded within the pages as she takes readers across land, sea, and sky. “Field of flowers gently swaying,/ Bees a-buzzing, prancing, playing,” Yoon writes as two bees fly near a sunflower. Turning the wheel causes the flower’s center to shift from stripes to checkerboard patterns; on the next page, the same wheel makes a school of fish shimmer in pinks, purples, and blues. Other clever touches include a kite that spirals out from the page in this winning combination of lyrical writing and smart interactive design. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)
New York Times
"A novelty book that adults as well as children will find mesmerizing...[a] skillfully constructed book."
Parents Magazine
"Almost every kid tester wanted to spin the four pinwheels inside this book to watch carousel horses pop up, fireworks explode, and sunflowers change shape. Catchy rhyming text like 'Music pulsing, horses chasing. Round and round, our hearts are racing!' makes this title even more engaging."
From the Publisher
Praise for Pinwheel:
Named the Best Board Book of 2013 by Parents Magazine

* "[A] winning combination of lyrical writing and smart interactive design."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A novelty book that adults as well as children will find mesmerizing...[a] skillfully constructed book."—New York Times

"This interactive book uses a spin dial to create dazzling visual effects."—Kirkus Reviews

"Almost every kid tester wanted to spin the four pinwheels inside this book to watch carousel horses pop up, fireworks explode, and sunflowers change shape. Catchy rhyming text like 'Music pulsing, horses chasing. Round and round, our hearts are racing!' makes this title even more engaging."—Parents Magazine

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The images in this book swirl like a kaleidoscope as you move the tab on the side. Two line rhymes accompany the pictures. Set among aspens, a locomotive heading toward the viewer has moveable yellow and black fretwork for a headlight. "Early morning, whistle blowing. Lights flashing—where's it going?" A page with a wooden horse is opposite a page showing a carousel from the top. The top has cut outs in which stars against black or colors in stripes can be moved around. As the carousel circles, the head of another horse appears above the page. This is backed by a page with a kite which flies beyond the page of the book and back. A sunflower, school of fish, hot air balloon, and fireworks at night are among the eight different pinwheels. Continuing interest will be limited, but children will enjoy sharing this with friends. It will make a nice coffee table book for adults. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Kirkus Reviews
This interactive book uses a spin dial to create dazzling visual effects. Yoon sets up various scenes on double-page spreads, such as a field of sunflowers, sea life underwater and a sky full of hot air balloons. Readers spin the dials on the left-hand side of the page, or the right on the verso, to activate the dynamic element. A pinwheel spins on the cover, the vent of a train turns, and fireworks explode. A lovely surprise is the appearance of a carousel horse's head out of the top of the page as readers look down at the merry-go-round from above and the wheel turns. The dial is easy to spin, and interactive components look relatively sturdy. Yoon's graphic images, in carnival colors, are simultaneously bold and detailed. She wisely does not try to impose a narrative on these tableaux, so the text merely presents rhyming couplets to set the scene and inspire awe. "Sparkling, spinning, lights freewheeling. / Rainbows bursting, night pinwheeling!" As they did with Yoon's Kaleidoscope (2012), youngsters will enjoy giving this one a whirl. (Board book/novelty. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316221764
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 229,220
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Salina Yoon is the award-winning creator of over a hundred and fifty innovative novelty books for young children, specializing in formats that are unique and interactive. Publishers Weekly has described Salina Yoon's books as clever, fresh, funny, and smart. Ms. Yoon has published with Scholastic Inc., Simon & Schuster, Penguin Young Readers Group, Random House, and Running Press.

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