Reviews for "Mind's
conceived, intricately drawn visual and perceptual puzzles. Often political
in tone and subject, they always make a statement..."
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short stories offer a mix of the politically pithy, the humorous, the
socially astute, and the purely imaginary. Each one is composed
of four panels offering the view from a very particular subject's
vantage point, followed by a page in which a single panel presents
that subject. The topics include the demolition of a city as viewed
in the conversation of two little boys with a small firecracker;
the life stages of a frog as viewed by a young biology student
confronted with the amphibian's flayed carcass; assorted white
sunbathers working on tans while a black janitor mops under a "whites
only" sign; and a haggard man and woman who, apparently, have
been roused from sleep by the cheerful cries of a bouncing baby.
The heavy black-pen illustrations mimic block cuts. The few words
needed to get the full meaning of the visual riddles presented
appear in signs or on objects. Body shape, age, physical ability,
or economic status as depicted through visual clues, and the history
of ethnic-group treatment are all used to inform the solutions
to these riddles. Cultural awareness, rather than literary skill,
is necessary to understand many of the concepts on which the vignettes
turn. This text will find welcoming audiences among art-book browsers,
comics enthusiasts, and short-story readers and writers.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA -From
School Library Journal
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