Round Trip

  The title of this clever picture book is Round Trip. It was written and illustrated in black and white by Ann Jonas. It was published in 1983 by Greenwillow Books. Those of you who have been following my blog know that I like color. I have mentioned more than once that I like a lot of color in books for children. This book, however, is an exception. The cleverness contained within would not be as evident, I believe, if this book was illustrated in color. The story is simple, told in first person narrative, and it’s about a trip to the city. But here’s where it gets clever: When you reach the “end” of the book, you turn it upside-down and head back to the beginning. The illustrations on each page magically transform to fit the new text. It is indeed a round trip, as it says on the jacket flap. I so wish I could explain better. You will just have to pick up a copy for yourself and see what I’m talking about. This is a unique book. I’ve never seen anything like it. If any of you have, please share with the rest of us.

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