As soon as you pick up this book you know you are not dealing with your average kids book. Atak is a German folksy illustrator and this book is like turning pages of an art piece – each page thickly covered with colour and detail. This book , with no words, just uses pictures to play the typical kids game ‘Verkehrte Welt’ (direct translation – wrong way round the World). The mice chase the cat, the baby spoon-feeds the mama, cars fly and airplanes float, firemen have fire coming out of their hoses and the Punk gives the Banker money on the street. This absurd and fantastical World is not only funny but thought provoking – when we see things the wrong way round we can question if the ‘right-way’ is really right after all? This particularly strikes me on the front cover as the Circus Lion holds up a flaming hoop for the clown to jump through. Kids of all ages (and by that I mean grown-ups too!) will really enjoy staring into this book and looking at this Topsy Turvy World .
The book is available from Amazon (UK and US), and from Flying Eye Books.
Looks like another winner! Gosh, I’d love to sit with you and chat about children’s books. You seem to have such a wealth of knowledge for children’s literature.
Well sitting and chatting about kid’s books is something I can do all day – so anytime!!!!!