Hide and Seek

David A. Carter. Abrams/Tate, $25 (20p) ISBN 978-1-84976-101-7
Carter mixes the sculptural abstraction of White Noise (2009) with the seek-and-find aspect of Walter Wick's books in an intricate fusion of art, color, and paper engineering. Readers (with parental help, likely) can catch references to artists like Miró, Calder, and Picasso, as well as the cubist and Dada movements, amid the brightly colored structures that spiral out from the pages. Intersecting panels rise from a warped checkerboard background in one scene, as readers turn dials and pull tabs to find "A white snowflake and a black cat in a top hat." The maturity of the book's design, influences, and even requests (the first spread asks readers to locate an arabesque) communicate Carter's 
respect for his audience. Ages 5–up. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/05/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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