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Gallop! Hardcover – 2007
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new optical technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again. A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo! Every child who opens the book will be amazed—and so will every parent.
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- Amazing design on how the animation works; pretty easy to be mesmerized by it.
- Even though it's not a board book, it's still sturdy enough to allow my 1 yo to play with it.
- Perfect stocking stuffer or companion gift. I bought many of these and like to include it with any animal gift I give. I swear the parents love it more than the kids do.
- Due to the "magic" that has to occur, there really aren't that many pages and very little text.
- Love it! Here's a test for you: put this on your coffee table and see how many people pick this up. Lots of entertainment value.
The pictures are animated without the benefit of batteries, buttons, or other electronic input. A very clever way to use a book.
The rhymes are fun, especially for a younger child. My daughter loved reading this over and over at about 4 years-old. Then she would have us read the poems and she would act them out, running around like a horse, flying like an eagle and swinging like a monkey.
It is simplistic but entertaining.
A great gift for those who appreciate the engineering of unique book but more so for someone with a young child.