Meli-Melo en Chine

Martine Perrin’s Meli-Melo series takes children on adventures around the world, from the African savannah to the Australian outback to, in this case, the Great Wall of China. The real delight of each book lies with the cut-outs, in an inventive twist on more traditional pop ups. Each cut-out flips back onto richly textured, abstract designs to reveal, suddenly, the scales of a dragon, a monkey’s fur, a panda’s eye. Disclaimer: the whole Meli-Melo series is written in French, but even if you don’t speak French, these books are still a visual delight. There’s some stereotyping of exotic locales, particularly in Meli-Melo au pays des kangourous, but there’s a degree to which that’s true of just about any book designed for little children about a foreign country. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on June 28, 2010.

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