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Verses are accompanied by illustrations of unusual situations such as a dog taking a little girl for a walk, a bird scolding a cat for scaring his friends, and a boy sitting calmly while a sheep shears his head
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Grade 2-5 The first in this collection of rhymes adapted from the German invites readers to ``Be all eyes, show no surprise,/ And wonders will unfold.'' Indeed, that is so in this elegantly-designed, imaginatively-stimulating picture book reminiscent of a 19th-Century miniaturist's style. The illustrations are contained in various shapes on uncluttered ecru pages with decorative headers and page numbers surrounded by green leaves. All pictures are rich in detail and in color saturation, but they range from very obvious child-like reversals (baby rocking mother in the cradle or a sheep shearing the shepherd) to more subtle visual challenges (one has to look closely to see who is leashed in the picture of girl and dog). Children will enjoy determining what is topsy-turvey in the illustrations, but in many instances the often-strained verses add little to the pleasure. Sometimes the text does give additional information or change the ``reading'' of the illustration. The dust cover is deceiving, leading viewers to believe that this is one of the topsy-turvey books which contains two pictures in one (one right-side-up and one upside-down) rather than a single incongruous situation. This book is fascinating for adult book collectors or older children, but for a more child-like view of an upside-down world, turn to Marcia Sewall's The World Turned Upside Down (Atlantic Monthly, 1986). Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Like the works of Mitsumasa Anno, this intriguing picture book asks children to think in diverse ways. "Be all eyes, show no surprise, / And wonders will unfold," invites the author. The 22 crisply written rhymes consider "The World of Upside Down." A dog takes a little girl for a walk on a leash, bored sheep and clouds exchange places, a child sits on a wooden doll's lap and kites watch people fly. A girl in a circus, "like a shimmering butterfly in her attire . . . leaps and sails through the hoop of fire," held by a lion. The gold-bordered illustrations, like medieval paintings on a white museum wall, are a dazzling blend of images: surreal landscapes, finely etched animals and children with Rossetti-like hair and pensive faces. And the intriguing narrative is as richly textured as the illustrations. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Jonathan Cape. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Seller Inventory # G0224024965I3N00
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd 29/10/1987, 1987. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780224024969
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd 29/10/1987, 1987. Condition: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 2341-9780224024969
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd 29/10/1987, 1987. Condition: Good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Seller Inventory # 9053-9780224024969
Book Description -. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Topsy Turvy Rhymes This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Seller Inventory # 7719-9780224024969
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1987. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # U9780224024969
Book Description Jonathan Cape Limited, London, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. The Author (illustrator). First Edition. Fine book in clean fresh pictorial glazed board covers. Internally near fine and free of inscriptions; profusely and delightfully illustrated; a couple of minute marks. A most attractive copy. Seller Inventory # 024236
Book Description Jonathan Cape, UK, 1987. Pictorial Boards. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Author (illustrator). First UK Edition. Brilliantly illustrated look at the "world of upside down." Fabulously detailed color illustrations by this internationally known artist and charming verses make this a truly unforgettable picture book. OUT OF PRINT. Seller Inventory # 3938
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Monika Beisner. (illustrator). 1st Edition. The World of Upside Down. Rhymes adapted from the German by Daniel Huws. Blue pictorial boards. Colour illustrations. Base of spine lightly rubbed. Rear endpapers marked. A few light creases and marks to contents. Item Type: Book. No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Monika Beisner. Category: Children; Fiction. ISBN: 0224024965. ISBN/EAN: 9780224024969. Please contact H4o Books if you require images or further information. Inventory No: 008915. Seller Inventory # 008915
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1987. Pictorial Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 020549