Review – Zoom

Banyai, Istvan. Zoom. New York: Puffin Books, 1995.

Zoom cover


from publisher’s website 

As seen on the SERIAL podcast, season 2, episode 1 (“Dustwun”)!

Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai’s sleek, mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight readers of all ages.

My Review

The detail in the artwork in Zoom is well-done. It is a wordless book.  Istvan Banyai starts with a closeup (but you do not know it is a closeup) and with each subsequent page moves back a little from the previous picture. The book starts with what appears to be just a design and ends with a dot on a black page. Zoom is great for language development. Parents and teachers could show Zoom to their children and have them describe what they see and discuss how each picture is related to the previous one.

I have a copy of Zoom in my K-12 Christian School library in my picture book section. This is my honest review. 

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