The Other Side


by Istvan Banyai

{published 2005, by Chronicle Books}

I’m a big fan of another Istvan Banyai book, Zoom. Turns out, I’d been holding that book in my clutches so tight, that I completely spaced out on this one. This one that came out eight whole years ago. What?!

The Other Side is just that – a look around the bend, through the eyes of another, and into a world that will probably surprise you. The visual puzzle starts to unfold on the endpapers, where it appears that the page has already been folded for you. And on the other side? Your finger – left behind, intricately folding a paper airplane, and tossing it through an open window.  So my pictures are a little haphazard and all over the place, but I think that suits this story. The illlustrations here are devour-worthy, even if some of the time there’s no rhyme or reason for what the heck is happening. Your point of view is constantly shifting, so each new vignette is a romp and a surprise and a gut-check of whether you are up or down or in or out or just what. A flamingo casting the shadow of a palm tree?! OKAY.  I love this page flip, where this monstrous lump of something hovers over some men working. But that? It’s just a blond thing with pigtails, hopscotching her way up the page. I don’t know what’s going on here. And I love that.



  • Posted July 22, 2013 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Will have to have a peek!

  • Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    so cool
    Ellie from

  • Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Such a unique book. Will have to check this one out. I loved the book Zoom!

  • Posted July 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I have this feeling you would or do love McSweeney’s McMullens picture books because they’re all about form AND function. Perhaps they’ll love yours too!! :)

  • Romelle Broas
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    You always find these amazing books with wonderful illustrations. This one intrigues me.

  • Posted July 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing unique picture books like this! It lets us know that creativity and point of view can be shown in so many ways :)

  • Posted July 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    What an amazingly cool book! Thanks for sharing this one!

  • Posted August 8, 2013 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    This one looks awesome.

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