Review of The Game of Lines

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May 14, 2015 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth

cover - the game of linesThe Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet and published by Phaidon. Board book sized 6 x 8.25 inches. 14 pages, neon pink and yellow illustrations. Target age range is 3 years old and up. Publication date: February 23, 2015.

Tullet is known for innovation in children’s books — it’s hard to say if The Game of Lines is a book or a game. I’ll leave it up to the pros to create a fun hybrid name for this kind of thing because I don’t think the term “gamook” is going to catch on anytime soon 😉 The Game of Lines is full of flaps you can turn to create your own patterns with straight (vertical and horizontal), wavy (vertical and horizontal), curved, and criss-crossing lines.

The Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet and published by Phaidon in February 2015.

The Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet and published by Phaidon in February 2015.

At first glance, The Game of Lines seems to be a simple flap book with a neon pink and yellow color scheme. But the combination of patterns you can create is endless and fascinating. The Game of Lines is very reminiscent of cloud-spotting — what do you see in the clouds? A boat? An elephant — as there are so many things to see in the abstract patterns. Some of the images I’ve seen in the abstract patterns include a sun setting over an ocean, a jellyfish, and a city block on the water. Even an alien with a large face, two legs, and four arms. I’ve decided it’s a misunderstood alien, he’s a giant and looks tough but is sweet on the inside. I’ve had fun turning the book upside down and sideways to get a different perspective and have seen new things.

The Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet and published by Phaidon in February 2015.

The Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet and published by Phaidon in February 2015.

The Game of Lines is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Click here to see all the Hervé Tullet titles from Phaidon.

Click here to visit Hervé Tullet’s website.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

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