Wednesday, 12 September 2012

I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail

Finished September 12
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail illustrated by Ramsingh Urveti, design by Jonathan Yamakami

A lovely book, with black and white illustrations, deceptively simple, but with depth, this book illustrates the poem of the title, which originated in 17th century England. The poem is trick verse, which gives different meanings depending on how it is read. One way of reading makes perfect sense, and the other leads to fantastic images. This particular version uses those different readings to inspire the illustrations, with the design of the book leading you forward with the poem. Besides the illustrations, the book also incorporates cuts in and on the edge of pages, giving you glimpses of the next page and the next line of poetry.
This is an enchanting book that offers more the more you look. It would appear to children as well as adults.

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