Imagine a World

Rob Gonsalves. S&S/Atheneum, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4814-4973-1
Gonsalves follows previous books like Imagine a Place and Imagine a Night with another showcase for his substantial visual talents. Each lush acrylic painting presents an alluring optical illusion—sometimes two or three. In one scene, a boy sets toy boats out to sea; the boats become real vessels, while white-capped waves turn into snow-capped peaks, marooning one boat. The text tends toward the blandly inspirational (“imagine a world... where you’re invited/ to step out of your solitude/ and join in the joy that you make”), and while each individual image is a stunner taken on its own, a certain sameness starts to set in (trees, stalactites, books, cakes, and bricks all transform into cityscapes at various points) when viewed together. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 10/20/2015
Genre: Children's
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