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Henri's Walk to Paris Hardcover – February 14, 2012

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"No question, this is the kind of children’s book that arty parents like to display in their Dwell-decorated nurseries. But it’s also the kind of book that will stir a wandering spirit in imaginative children. Klein’s delightful text, like Bass’s bold graphics, is spot on." ~The New York Times

"During his journey, he stops for a rest, and inadvertently gets turned around, resulting in a clever ending that will leave kids chuckling and thinking about the true value of home. Filled with dazzling sun-bright colors, broad lines, and geometric shapes, the graphic artwork is crisp and imaginative. Characters and objects are depicted through eye-pleasing outlines and silhouettes, and the text is inventively integrated into the illustrations. Beginning with the cover, showing Henri's stepping shoes, the story's sense of motion is creatively conveyed through the visuals. In addition to its child appeal, this book may also be of interest to collections that focus on the history of children's literature and illustration." ~School Library Journal

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Saul Bass (1920–1996) was a celebrated American graphic designer and filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion-picture title sequences. During his forty-year career he worked for some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, including most notably Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese. Among his most famous title sequences are those for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, and Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Psycho. Leonore Klein wrote the children’s books What Would You Do If . . . (1956), Mud, Mud, Mud (1962), Brave Daniel (1966), and Only One Ant (1971), among many others. Besides writing books for children, Klein was a librarian in New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789322633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789322630
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a children's book that has a cute story but is also in large part about it's graphic design (by the famous Saul Bass). Which is why it's such a disappointment that the publisher did not do a better job with the printing. Cheap paper and bad ink - the colors just are not as saturated as what I'm sure Mr. Bass intended. Also, this book will last about 5 minutes in the grubby hands of a child because of the uncoated paper. Good idea, bad execution. Still, I like it for what it is.
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I bought this both for the graphic design appeal and the hope that my son would like it. It is graphically interesting and unique, the paper stock, which is matte, has a great retro appeal, but as a read-aloud story it is really lacking - the text is strange, clunky to read, and the story is simply bizarre. Really only worth it as a collector's item for graphic design / Saul Bass fans.
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This is a legendary children's book by one of the design greats of history, but it was out of print for ages. I mean decades! When I saw a reissue was in the works I pre-ordered months in advance and was happily surprised when it arrived because I had forgotten all about it. A great book for a young kid, or a design lover you know. Saul Bass made a beautiful book.
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I was a bit disappointed in the book, realized I should have done more research before ordering. But, I must say - my 5 year old granddaughter loves it and asks that I read it over and over.
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Bought this after seeing it recommended in the Brain Pickings blog [...]. A charming tale but what makes it a standout is the graphic design and illustration.
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I bought this book for my four year old daughter and she absolutely loves it. The pictures, the colors, the story, the emotions - everything keeps her spellbound. Highly recommended.
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I love Saul Bass and was excited to find a children's book that he illustrated. Very disappointed with the printing though. The colors are really drab for a children's book, making it a little boring for the little ones and kind of hard to read in low light (ie: during bedtime story reading.). I expected something a bit more visually exciting based on Saul Bass's usual work. But it's a really sweet story and worth the read...
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This is simply a beautiful book. I bought it for my granddaughter, but now I'm going to order another one for my library! The art work is exquisite and the story is sweet. I am happy to have found it.
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