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Open this wordless book and take off on a mindbending visual journey full of twists, turns, and surprises. Zoom from an Egyptian pyramid to an exotic jungle to a sandy beach. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For in Istvan Banyai's mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, nothing is ever as it seems. "Banyai's artwork...works to perfection."-- Kirkus Reviews

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Overview

Open this wordless book and take off on a mindbending visual journey full of twists, turns, and surprises. Zoom from an Egyptian pyramid to an exotic jungle to a sandy beach. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For in Istvan Banyai's mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, nothing is ever as it seems. "Banyai's artwork...works to perfection."-- Kirkus Reviews

A wordless picture book presents a series of scenes, each one from farther away, showing, for example, a boat which becomes the image on a magazine, which is held in a hand, which belongs to a boy, and so on.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Re-Zoom resumes, or more accurately, reprises, the layout and nothing-is-as-it-seems perspective of last season's Zoom. Featuring detailed drawings backpainted on animation cels, this text-free volume opens with a red-on-blue cave painting that, with the turn of a page, becomes a detail on a wristwatch. The next spread reveals that the watch belongs to a young man doing a rubbing of carved hieroglyphs... and so on. To surprise his audience, which may already expect the sequence of pictures to expand to infinity, as in Zoom, Banyai toys not only with spatial relations but with time and with cultural referents: people in 19th-century garb, admiring an image of Napoleon, turn out to be on a movie set; a woman in traditional Japanese dress sports a yellow Walkman. There are nods to the arts as well. A black-and-white Alfred Hitchcock and a blue bodhisattva sit astride a thundering elephant, and a dejected-looking Picasso rides the New York City subway. The finale-which leaves readers in a subway tunnel as the train's red taillights recede-may not be as mindbending as Zoom's outer-space flight, but is nonetheless a clever solution. All ages. Sept.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this wordless picture book, Banyai takes readers on a visual journey, one step back at a time, to see an image in its broader context. For example, from a boy on a cruise ship, the image shifts to the whole ship, which is actually a poster, etc. Re-Zoom is a similar book by the same author.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Re-ZOOM is this artist's view of a world gone slightly mad, but in a fabulous way. Begin with a primitive cave painting of a hunter. Zoom away, and you see that the figure is on the face of a watch, on a hairy wrist. Zoom again, and the wrist belongs to an archaeologist, making a rubbing of a hippo on what seems to be an Egyptian tomb. Zoom again, four times, each time seeing from farther away, and we're in Paris. Or are we? Suddenly we're on a movie set. Every page of this fantastic book makes the reader look closer and discover more. And all this with no words!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-This remarkable companion to Zoom Viking, 1995 is a visual journey, a cinematic picture book without words. Viewers are shown something that turns out to be just a piece of something larger, and thus not at all what they saw or thought they saw in the first place. With each page, one takes a step back to see the broader context. The image of an ancient archer is just a figure on a watch, the hand wearing the watch is making a rubbing in an Egyptian tomb, which turns out to be the Obelisk of Luxor in Paris, but not really because it's just a movie set...and on and on and on, until the final page, where the lights of a subway car disappear into a tunnel to become two eyes staring in the darkness-or so it appears. While not the most technically accomplished artist, Banyai makes up for it in originality, an assured sense of design and composition, and an avant-garde sensibility that children, especially older ones, will love. He mixes traditional and contemporary images in a sly way: for example, one picture shows a woman in traditional Japanese garb, wearing a walkman, looking right at viewers with a trace of a smile on her face. His is a truly global view, moving easily from Europe to Asia to the U.S. although you never really know where you are. Children-small people in an adult-sized world-are often fascinated with size and perspective. Re-Zoom comments on that, on reality and illusion, on visual awareness, on all sorts of things. A fun book with a lot to ``say''-all in all, a valuable addition.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670863921
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Istvan Banyai (http://www.ist-one.com) was born and educated in Budapest, Hungary. He is a commercial illustrator and animator whose works has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and on album covers. Mr. Banyai lives in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    RE-Zoom

    Great book to use with your own children or if you are a teacher, great to use to teach prediction, inference, etc. Truly one of my students' favorites!

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    Posted September 22, 2009

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