From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Admirers of Gallop! which last year introduced Seder's astonishing Scanimation technology, won't want to miss this sports-themed follow-up. Open the die-cut cover and see a baseball player swing his bat at a ball, then watch as the ball zooms ever-larger to fit the acetate window showcasing all this action. Yes, there's motion on each of these spreads, or the illusion of motion, as hidden engineering triggers codes on the b&w Scanimation images. As in the previous title, colored fonts and multicolored borders offset the severity of the b&w pictures and generate reader participation: Can you ride a bicycle?/ spin! vrim! vrooom! On other spreads, child athletes perform soccer drills, run, cartwheel, twirl on ice skates, shoot hoops, swim and lead cheers—it's all jaw-dropping, even if the novelty technology has yet to find its most imaginative application. Ages 3–up. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu: "I love Wonder Bear. I love the wordless narrative - so simple that even a five-year-old can follow and predict, yet so subtle that his older brother will find repetitions and clues to the dream logic at work.I love the technique - Tao Nyeu does some neat things with layering colors in her silk screen prints; I love the colors, and I love the style. The bulbous shapes, repeating patterns, and swirly clouds make me think of Central Asian and Siberian embroidery: simple shapes that gain strength through repetition. I'm totally going to steal some of her tree shapes for my niece's baby blanket.This book has been given the high-class treatment by Dial. Lush, toothy paper, large size, and a dust jacket that is not merely a repeat of the book's cover. You can tell that someone on Hudson Street thinks this book is something special. For once, I really have to agree." Review from Pink's Picks
"When asked what inspired the creation of Wonder Bear, Tao replied, ... "One day I came upon a very odd looking gummy bear. It had the look of a bear that had magical powers. It was spooky so I ate it. That led to the development of a story about a bear who performs magic ... " from The Children's Book Review.