Blue 2

If David Carter‘s Feely Bugs was James’ favorite book as an infant, Carter’s Blue 2 is clearly high up on the list now that James is 3. Primarily intended as an elaborate coffee table book for adults, Blue 2 has, you guessed it, a blue 2 carefully hidden in each fantastical paper sculpture. Some of the blue 2’s are so hard to find that we’ve yet to discover them; others just take some careful snooping. As for the pop-ups, there are mirrors, mobiles, pyramids, whirligigs, and seesaws, not to mention a whole kaleidoscope of Calderesque contraptions that defy description. Paired with these abstract shapes are brief concept-driven statements with challenging vocabulary – but not so challenging that James can’t understand the basic premise. Trust me that “mobile nonsense oscillating” makes a lot more sense when you see the paper sculpture that goes with it. Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: this is a book expressly designed for “children of all ages,” meaning grown-ups. Illustrations: five jelly jars provided you keep it on the top shelf.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 14, 2010.

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