Palazzo Inverso

Palazzo Inverso Cover

Palazzo Inverso

By D. B. Johnson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547239996, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2010


Mauk, mischievous apprentice to the master architect, must not draw on the plans for the new Palazzo. But by turning the plans a bit each day, he finds a way to alter them, turning the master's creation onto its head Discover what mystery and excitement a small change of perspective has brought to the Palazzo.

In this M.C. Escher-inspired masterpiece, D.B. Johnson pushes the picture book form to new extremes. With its continuous narrative and illustrations that can viewed upside down, readers can turn the book over on page thirty two and read all the way back to page one. Enter the Palazzo Inverso...and see if you can find your way out.

About the Author
D. B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years and has done editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson s first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller, as well as an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Picture Books and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Linda, live in New Hampshire. Visit his website at!

Praise For Palazzo Inverso

"An undeniably impressive bit of optical trickery with an even neater narrative flip at the conclusion."--Booklist

"M.C. Escher's grayscale tessellations and stairways-to-nowhere set the stage for this inspired adventure by Johnson (the Henry series)...The written tale, of Mauk defying gravity to evade punishment, unifies the perspective-busting illustrations, which acquire new meanings on the inverted run-through. Johnson's optical illusions salute Escher and establish a clever slapstick sequence."--Publishers Weekly