By D.B. Johnson
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547239996, 32pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
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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.
D.B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years, during which time he has drawn upon the influence and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau to create the highly-acclaimed, bestselling Henry series. In a similar fashion, Palazzo Inverso is inspired by the work of M. C. Escher, whose ideas and drawings of impossible buildings with multiple points of view, tesselations, reflections, continuous loops, and interlocking positive and negative space have been fascinating spectators since the mid-1900s. D.B. Johnson and his wife, Linda Michelin, live in New Hampshire.
"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