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Runaway Opposites

Richard Wilbur, Henrik Drescher

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ISBN 10: 0152587225 / ISBN 13: 9780152587222
Published by Harcourt Brace & Company, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Runaway Opposites with poems by Richard Wilbur and illustrations by Henrik Drescher. The poems are based on a game Wilbur, the 2-time Pulizer Prize winner for poetry, played at the dinner table with his children. Henrik Drescher, the prolific illustrator, then ran away with some of Wilbur's Opposites to form this book, a delightful colaboration. 36 pages, hardcover with dj. Color illustrations. First edition. 11 3/8" x 9 3/8". Near fine. Bookseller Inventory # JO23

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Title: Runaway Opposites

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Poems from the award-winning poet's Opposites and More Opposites are accompanied by fabulous collage art, in an engaging collaboration.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-6?The jacket blurb says it all: "Henrick Drescher has run away with some of Richard Wilbur's favorite opposites." Here the artist supplies boisterous, challenging illustrations for 15 of the poet's Opposites and More Opposites (both Harcourt, 1991). The poems are wry and teasing: "The opposite of trunk could be/The taproot of a cedar tree./In terms of elephants, however,/The answer tail is rather clever." The artwork, photographed collages including tiny objects, stamps, large assembled objects, and black line as well as full-color water-based drawings, offer layers of meaning and a real interpretative challenge. Together, the text and art create an irresistible synergy for those willing to invest the time to appreciate the sophisticated pairing. People are surreal, portrayed with beaks and lurid multi-colored flesh. Text swarms over the pages. (In one case, flies do, too.) At times, the collage technique used on the individual letters makes it difficult to decipher the words. The endpapers are a riot of personal photos, correspondence among those involved in the production of the book, and miscellany. This book will have great appeal for a narrow audience, but its quirky sophistication may preclude a wide readership.?Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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