Swing!: A Scanimation Picture Book
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Swing!: A Scanimation Picture Book

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by Rufus Butler Seder
     
 

Published last fall, Gallop! introduced the amazing technology called Scanimation and took the children’s book world by storm. It became an instant bestseller—#1 on The New York Times children's list.

Now Swing! does for kids what Gallop! does for animals—a boy rides a bike, a girl kicks her soccer ball, a swimmer cuts

Overview

Published last fall, Gallop! introduced the amazing technology called Scanimation and took the children’s book world by storm. It became an instant bestseller—#1 on The New York Times children's list.

Now Swing! does for kids what Gallop! does for animals—a boy rides a bike, a girl kicks her soccer ball, a swimmer cuts through the water, and a skater pirouettes on ice. The effect is joyous, magical, mesmerizing, and taps into the the endless fascination that children find in watching other children. The second book created by Rufus Butler Seder, the inventor, artist, and filmmaker who developed Scanimation out of his obsession with antique optical toys and other pre-motion-picture illusions, Swing! uses "persistence of vision" and a patented state-of-the-art multiphase animation process to create astonishment. There is nothing else like this unique, patented technology that literally inspires wonder.

The images burst with activity, and adding greatly is a happy, rhyming text that captures in words the pure energy of the figures in motion. You can't put it down.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Admirers of Gallop! which last year introduced Seder's astonishing Scanimation technology, won't want to miss this sports-themed follow-up. Open the die-cut cover and see a baseball player swing his bat at a ball, then watch as the ball zooms ever-larger to fit the acetate window showcasing all this action. Yes, there's motion on each of these spreads, or the illusion of motion, as hidden engineering triggers codes on the b&w Scanimation images. As in the previous title, colored fonts and multicolored borders offset the severity of the b&w pictures and generate reader participation: "Can you ride a bicycle?/ spin! vrim! vrooom!" On other spreads, child athletes perform soccer drills, run, cartwheel, twirl on ice skates, shoot hoops, swim and lead cheers-it's all jaw-dropping, even if the novelty technology has yet to find its most imaginative application. Ages 3-up. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761151272
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
204,833
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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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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Swing!: A Scanimation Picture Book 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a "must have" for every young child's library. I use it with other books a lot for gifts and everyone raves about it.
Blinkiybear More than 1 year ago
I note some of the negative reviews given for this book because it has no text. IT IS A PICTURE BOOK. It says it on the front cover. Anyone who does not know what scanimation is will not really understand the concept. Rufus Butler Seder has created 6 such scanimation books "Waddle", "Gallop", "Swing", "Kick", "Star Wars" and "Wizard of Oz" and this one deals with the "swing" in sport. By opening and shutting the book carefully the picture appears to come to life and shows the movement of swing. A bit like the flicker books you used to get which showed a man or a horse running when you flicked the pages but better. These books are particularly geared for children say 6 months upwards as they are basic, some colourful and all stimulating. The books are well made and contain between 8 and 12 pictures in them. I do not believe the 1 and 2 star reviews are fair as they miss the point of these books. They are not for reading they are for looking at. You will find basic text in the other books in the range with the Star Wars and Wizard of Oz books including actual quotes from the movies. My favourites are Waddle which have basic text such as "Can you leap like a Dolphin?" next to a moving picture of a leaping Dolphin and the Wizard of Oz. Swing is black and white and so is Gallop and Kick. The others are colour. I would definitely recommend these books to anyone with children or to any adult who is still at child at heart.
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HaydnNYC More than 1 year ago
Vivid! Motion! Active! Fun!
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amanda632 More than 1 year ago
There is no storyline. The movement in the pictures is neat and would be more suited for an infant.
cjbushpalmer More than 1 year ago
gave this to my grandson for his 4th birthday he loves it
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