Mind Muddlers: What You See Is Not What You Get!

Octopus/Ticktock. Octopus/Ticktock (Hachette, dist.), $9.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-78325-244-2
This engaging collection of optical illusions invites readers to gaze at eyeball-dazzling patterns and shapes that trick the eye, creating the illusion of depth, movement, or three-dimensionality, while also exploring illusions one can find (or create) in everyday life. In addition to standbys like Möbius strips, Escher-style tessellations, and double drawings (the classic young girl/old woman illusion is reproduced, along with others), street art that looks three-dimensional and "tilt-shift" photography, which creates a miniaturization effect, are also examined. Drawing and photography-themed activity prompts expand the content beyond the page, encouraging readers to create optical illusions of their own. Ages 5–13. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/04/2015
Release date: 04/07/2015
Genre: Children's
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