Hello and happy 2013 and welcome back to this little corner of the internet!
And a huge hello to those of you who hopped on board over the last couple weeks! It’s nice to have you.
Here’s an awesome and odd little book to kick off the new year:
by Jon Chad
I promise not to use bad puns like, “This book rocks!” or “Perfect for kids who don’t take science for granite!”
Much like another favorite, Sky High, Leo Geo uses size and scale in such an unusual way. Telling a story about a journey through the center of the earth calls for a different visual method than the standards we are used to.
So flip it 90 degrees and read top to bottom. Of course! Its width (or lack thereof!) perfectly frames the skinny tunnels and canals through which our ‘surface man’ drills.
And just when you get to the center, flip it 180 degrees and read bottom to top as you emerge with him to the other side of the world.
Throughout the entire journey, Leo Geo narrates his trip with a good healthy dose of science. You’ll get reminders of the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, what makes up the continental and oceanic crusts, and how many miles you would have to travel before reaching the core.
Even though his voice is conversational and funny, every once in a while you might run into a Quadclops or find a magic dagger. I love that this book becomes a spectacular combination of nonfiction and comic book.
By using only black and white, the reader gets to fill in the blanks and let their imagination run wild. The contrast between the whites of the tunnels and the black hash marks of piles and piles of fossils provide a very satisfying balance. The art is so intricate that I imagine a young reader (or an old one!) could pore over these pages for hours.
So yeah. This book rocks.