It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
Since our theme also has to do with fashion and design, here are two picturebooks that pay tribute to … of all things, a hat.
Created by Anouck Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud
Published by Thames Hudson (2016, translated from the French Oh! Mon Chapeau)
ISBN: 0500650578 (ISBN13: 9780500650578). Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
Translated from the French, this delightful pop-up picturebook invites the reader to find the missing hat that has flown here, there, and everywhere.
I also like how minimalistic the art is – as can be seen in the image above. With a line and a half-circle, a few dots, here and there – one can already conjure a hat from a blank page.
The book engineering required to also come up with a book like this is well considered. Even the way the text is juxtaposed with the images shows a sharp eye when it comes to graphic design.
This is definitely a book worth checking out – and who knows, you may just help the protagonist find the missing hat!
Written and Illustrated by D. B. Johnson
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2012)
ISBN: 0547558643 (ISBN13: 9780547558646). Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
Inspired by surrealist artist Magritte and his artworks, this is a kaleidoscopic, off-kilter type of picturebook that aims to introduce young readers to the way a surrealist perceives the world.
Evidently, there were clear attempts to create something unique – as can be seen in the transparencies in the pages, allowing for a different way of layering the story and superimposing a different narrative altogether.
While the storyline itself left much to be desired, I’ve always had this affinity towards the inventive and bold and unexpected. And this book is all sorts of that, for sure.
It is a dream within a dream within a dream kind of story matched with familiar images rendered in a peculiar manner. I enjoyed it.
#LitWorld2018GB Update: France (Boisrobert & Rigaud) | United States (Johnson)