Monday, May 7, 2012

Magritte's Marvelous Hat: is lacking in story

Magritte's Marvelous Hat
By D.B. Johnson
Hardcover, 32 pgs
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, April 2012

"Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see." —Rene Magritte 

D.B. Johnson writes and illustrates the surreal story of famous surrealist painter Rene Magritte and his very mysterious (and mischievous!) hat. While the art reflects some of Magritte's own work, the text sets readers on a fun and accessible path to learning about the simpler concepts behind Mr. Magritte's work. 

This delightful picture book captures the playfulness and the wonderment of surrealist art. Four transparent pages add yet another level of surrealism to the illustrations as pictures can be altered with the turn of a page.

Like the summary above says, there are some pretty cool transparent pages. There are pictures on them and on one side it looks like one thing and when you flip it it changes the other side of the page. That did make the story a little more fun to read.

I wasn't too impressed with the storyline. The pictures were confusing at times-like how is Margritte invisible when he walked through the woods.

But you may just have to check out a copy because the transparent pages sort of make up for the story.

Rated: 2 Bites

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