I wonder about the origins of the idea for this book. There isn't very much prose, it's not story driven at all. Did Jesse Klausmeier have the idea for the book and sold it? Curious.
Who knew: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern_picture_book ???
According to Anstey (2002), characteristics of postmodern picture books include:
- Non-traditional plot structure
- Using the pictures or text to position the reader to read the text in a particular way, for example, through a character's eyes or point-of-view.
- The reader's involvement with constructing the meaning of the text.
- Intertextual references, which requires the reader to make connections to other books or knowledge, in order to better understand the text.
- Varied design layout and a variety of styles of illustration.
This book definitely falls into that category.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gimmicks in picture books are in vogue (I suppose they always have been and always will be), postmodern gimmicks that turn books into something else, with an emphasis on interactivity. Open This Little Book is a quite lovely and exciting example of picture book postmodernity. Suzy Lee's illustrations are like the raided the shelves of a 1960s public library children's room, with examples of illustrations representing that and each preceding decade. Midcentury modern madness, in all the right ways. The cover doesn't lead you to expect that this, or any of what occurs, is going to happen, which is another magical thing about the book. There is no plot and barely any characters here; rather, the gimmick and the last line in the book are the raison d'etre.