May 14, 2015 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
The 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.
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.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.