Fish On A Walk

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by Eva Muggenthaler

{published 2012, by Enchanted Lion Books}

I’ve mentioned my bookshelf issues before, right? As in not nearly enough space to put all the books? In my head, picture books are so skinny! They’ll take up no space at all, right? But rather than on shelves, I have stacks. Everywhere.

Well, this book bowled me over when I first laid eyes on it. You’ll see. But the stack it was in? Covered by a throw pillow on the couch. Not anymore, I promise. Please send shelves.

Anyway. Let’s talk about this book, because I think you will adore it.

An intriguing title that gives away the delightful dichotomies to come – unusual instances, and a billion bitty details to love.

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The cover hints at all of this, with its mossy greens and a muddy red – complementary colors on the good old color wheel. As far a part as they can get from one another, and a great use of contrast in design framing a book all about sometimes absurd differences.

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I adore the way the green line of the cover dangles down along the stark red endpapers! Love.

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Inside, each spread contains one glorious illustration holding all of those billion bitty details. And each spread holds only two contrasting words which can explain or guide or drive the pictures. You figure it out, you get into the story, you make sense of the contrasting duo.

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It’s like Eva Muggenthaler gave your imagination a diving board and didn’t tell you that the pool was so deep that you’ll shoot out of the other side of the globe. Extreme? I don’t think so.

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A hint! Such a tease.

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Wonder and ooh and ahh with this one. This is one of those books that needs to stay out all the time, not ever stuck on a bookshelf. And definitely never ever ever under a throw pillow.

PS – Valentine’s Day is charging forward. Do you need a good book for your sweetie? Check out my Top Ten over at Design Mom!

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8 Comments

  • Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous book. Deserves a place by the couch for frequent perusal, but never under the pillow!

  • Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I don’t look at pictures like that, but when you do, then I do! Thanks. Cool book.

  • Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    That looks like a fabulous book. I like the minimal text. What stories you could come up with!

  • Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Beautiful – I like the page with the rain

  • Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Okay, so my MS is completely different, but the title!

  • tinamcho
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    This book would bring out lots of discussion to have with little ones. Thanks for sharing.

  • Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Another unusual one. I LOVE that you keep me supplied with fun titles to find and study. Thank you for that!

  • Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    What awsome Complementary Colors! Thanks for sharing.