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Round Trip

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  823 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Black and white illustrations and text record the sights on a day trip to the city and back home again to the country. The trip to the city is read from front to back and the return trip from back to front, upside down.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 26th 1990 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 1st 1983)
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Lisa Vegan
Aug 11, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like clever books & can refrain from groaning at gimmicks
Sometimes I’m a sucker for a gimmick. When they work, I can really appreciate them. For the most part, it works here. I can see that it took a lot of thought and effort to make this work well.

I really liked this book. The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars from me is that I’m not completely wild about either the pictures or the story, but I love the gimmick.

The illustrations are all in black and white. The story consists of a short sentence on each page. The gimmick is that the reader reads thro
Aug 13, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
At the Circulation Desk the other day, a retired teacher friend told me that this is her favorite book! She was checking it out from the Library for the umpteenth time, so, I felt obliged to discover what all the fuss was about for myself. The illustrations are truly inventive and must have taken some time and ingenuity to figure out. Reading through the book one way you discover the events of an outbound journey. Flip the book around, and you can make the journey back home. My favorite page is ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Irena rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great idea and excellent black and white illustrations that worked perfectly with the story.
Kira Brighton
Jul 03, 2016 Kira Brighton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like art
*Read for school senior year college in Children's Lit class*

Beautiful illustrations! Brilliantly done.
Aug 23, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Stark but stunning black and white images show a completely different aspect of a journey - to the city and back home again - when turned upside down. The reader gets to the end of the book, turns it over, and is offered a whole new perspective by the decidedly different reverse images. It must have taken a brilliantly creative, artistic mind to envision, design and devise this beautiful book. The late author-artist was married to graphic designer and children's book illustrator Donald Crews; th ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
Round Trip by Ann Jonas is an unusual book that follows a narrator’s trip to the city. The trip starts in the country at day break. As the narrator, and presumably his family, drive many miles to get to the city, the narrator describes his sights along the way. The descriptions of the sights are rather ordinary, and seem anticlimactic until the end of the book is reached. To accompany the descriptions, Jonas uses plain black and white images to create silhouettes of what the narrator describes. ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The book makes me feel fabulous with all the black and white scenes that keep changing.
The theme is round trip into the city and back home.
It is amazing how the pictures turn into another scene when we flip the book around; I am not sure how I would use the book. My guess is the age group might be a little older as the black and white is not as eye catching, so the changes in scenery are more subtle, so perhaps for a group of children who are quieter in nature and can appreciate the amazing litt
Hannah Moles
Feb 27, 2016 Hannah Moles rated it it was amazing
The post modern book, Round Trip, by Ann Jonas, is an original story about a group of people who go on a round trip though the country and the city. The thing that drew me to this story is that I could tell that the illustration went forwards and backwards and I wanted to see where the story lead me. For example, once I started reading we were headed on a road trip towards the city and then at the "end" the whole book flips over and becomes a story of how the people go home from the city to the ...more
Tongtong Wu
Feb 09, 2016 Tongtong Wu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pictures-book
Round trip (1990) by Ann Jonas

The story is a simple and elegant rendition of an outing to the city and the structure of the book makes it memorable to child and parent. The first section details the trip to the city, with the car passing fields and trains and bridges; at the end, turn the book over and the narrative picks up again-but those pictures have been transformed into pictures of factories and cars and freeways passed on the return trip. It is a circle story, home-away-home.

Alexis Stafford
Round Trip by Ann Jonas is a story about a child going on a trip to the city and detailing their journey there, what they do, and ending with the journey home. While there is not much to this deemed post-modern picturebook I found it very interesting in the style that it is written. When I first began to read the book I tried to read the text that were on both pages even though the text was upset down and then it clicked in my head that this only the left hand side text was to be read and then ...more
Theresa Womack
Mar 14, 2014 Theresa Womack rated it really liked it
Round Trip by Ann Jones, what can I say about this book? The words and pictures were symmetrical. The pictures showed what the words were saying, as long as you were looking at the book in the right direction. This book is all in black and white to represent day and night in the story. Also once you think you are finished with the book, you flip the book upside down and finish reading the book by flipping back through the pages to the beginning. The book takes you on a trip from a families home, ...more
Dawn Rutherford
Jul 06, 2015 Dawn Rutherford rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is pretty amazing.
Isabelle Jimenez
Sep 29, 2014 Isabelle Jimenez rated it really liked it
This book is illustrated in all black and white, and cut in half in a sense. Each page has a top and a bottom half, that each tell a different story and show a different picture. This story is a path that the reader follows along with the characters on a road trip from their small town to the big city, and then back home. When they do come back home, you turn the book over and read it upside down to continue the story on the other half. What looked like a bridge before now becomes telephone pole ...more
Katelyn Youngblood
Nov 13, 2014 Katelyn Youngblood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
If you're looking for a really interesting and fascinating picture book, this is the one! Although there are words, the pictures are what tell the real story. Being able to flip the book upside and see a whole different side of the original story is so cool! You start looking at objects as you read the first half of the story, and then all of those objects turn out to become something entirely different as you finish! It's a really fun read and something that I'm sure would be entertaining to ma ...more
Cassie Paries
Mar 09, 2015 Cassie Paries rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity
This is a great book to read to children. Children love this because they are surprised by how you can flip the book upside down to complete the story. I loved the illustrations. The story is also neat and teaches about life downtown and fun things you can do. This is a story that is very creative and opens the doors to do many fun activities with children. As the teacher you can teach children about reflections and different patterns. You can also have them create their own book where they make ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Valissa rated it really liked it
Ann Jonas capitalizes on her skill as a graphic designer creating stark black and white images of a daytime trip to the city. The story itself is very simple, telling the reader what to focus on in the accompanying images, which appear to be relatively simple. However, the complexity and genius of the illustrations are revealed when you get to the “end” of the book and are instructed to turn around and go back to the beginning, creating a round trip. On the way back home, day becomes night, wate ...more
Kenzie Cornelison
Nov 13, 2014 Kenzie Cornelison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I thought this was such a clever book. I loved how the author and Illustrater did it. It did make me wonder if they started with pictures and then made the words follow the pictures or the other way around. I did like how you got to the end of the book and it had you turn it upside down and it continued. Like I said I thought it was clever and I give props to author and Illustrater. I can't imagine trying to draw two pictures in one. I do think that would be an awesome project to do with a class ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. I was pretty happy that the book didn't feature numbers or letters.

The text for this book is not especially strong or interesting, but, to be honest, the text plays such a minor role, it really is of very little consequence. The graphics, on the other hand, are phenomenal. My son kept taking the book out of my hands to flip the pictures while I was reading it. Because the text is of very little consequence, that really wasn't
Sep 18, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Round Trip is an inventive and creative book. It has simple text that needs the illustrations to help the viewer understand the story better. The whole picture book is black and white full bleed illustrations, with no shading of gray. The story begins in the morning/daytime as we take a trip to the city. It is clear that this half of the story is during the day because the upper half of the images are white, signifying light. As the reader comes to the last page, they are prompted to flip the bo ...more
Dorothy Enders
Oct 01, 2013 Dorothy Enders rated it it was amazing
This is definitely not just a story about a trip to the city. It is a round trip adventure full of imagination. The book is read from beginning to end and then flipped upside down and read backwards. The black and white illustrations change the reader’s perception when looking at the pictures and figuring out the differences when the book is upside down. The optical illusions and new discoveries on each page keep the reader engaged.
The illustrations take on different forms as a movie turns into
Douglas Jankowski
Mar 09, 2015 Douglas Jankowski rated it really liked it
This was such an entertaining book to read. The ingenuity of having to read a book one way, and then in reverse upside down to finish it, is even more impressive. The artwork isn't much to look at because it's all in black and white, but the fact that the artist made it work in two ways, is very creative. This is a book that any child would enjoy just because of that. Even I myself still find it fascinating. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining book to read.
Susan Tuttle
Mar 09, 2015 Susan Tuttle rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most clever children's books I've read. Maybe I thought this because I am not familiar with the use of negative space in art or maybe I did because the usage of it really is brilliant! I thought the pictures were amazing. It was so fun to read a book, while considering the story in a certain way, and then turn the book over to read and view it's sequel and conclusion. It was mind blowing. A great book to teach about points of view and perceptions.
Dec 18, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17-creativity
This has always been one of my favorite books. I love the fact that you can just keep reading the story, literally backwards and forwards. I love how the artwork changes and yet stays the same on each page of the book. it is is fun to read with children and watch them gasp as they realize it is the same illustrations when you flip the book over-they always grab the book and keep flipping it over and over to see what the illustrations look like from different perspectives.
Mar 05, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity
This book is so stinkin' clever!! When my teacher warned us to pay attention before she started the book I knew something was going to be a twist. About half way through, I realized that the pages could be inverted and I was getting excited for the "ride home" part of the story. This was so clever I almost want to go out and make my own black and white flip pic, but I decided to leave it to the professionals for now and simply just read this AMAZING book!
Apr 19, 2012 Lexi.vernaglia rated it liked it
This book was extremely interesting and very thoughtful and clever. I personally do not like post modern books, but I didn’t mind this one too much. This is a story about a trip taken into the city and their adventure there and what they saw, and then their trip back home. But there is more to the book and just the story of their trip to the city and back home and what they came across. The picture and the text go in the style of a round trip. You start off the story reading from left to right f ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Kaylie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creativity
I thought this book was an amazing way to teach kids about art. I started out as an art major and have since then switch to elementary education but this book even surprised me. The positive and negative space was thought out so impeccably and carefully and when it was time to switch it over it was such a surprise to me. I will definitely be using this book in my classroom no matter what grade i'm teaching I know everyone will love it.
Nov 16, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book is very cool and would be good to use in an art class or when discussing the idea of negative space. Even then, it's just a great read. You read the book forward, flip it over and keep reading. It would be fun to be able to sit down with the kids so they can look and see the different images, because it kind of takes a little work. I know I have to focus to see the new image sometimes. This book is wonderful with an awesome concept.
Yingjie Shao
Round Trip describes the looks of the city. The author took us to the trip.

This book is unique because I've never seen a book's format like this. This book has 2 directions to read. The left pages are normal, and the right page is up side down. I have to turn the book reverse again and again. However, the picture can be viewed in two directions. And the reverse direction always bring surprises to me.

I love this book.
Tatelyn Graves
Mar 05, 2015 Tatelyn Graves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17-creativity
This book was so interesting, in the beginning if class my teacher Sister Seamons told us we had to pay attention to this one. So we all looked and didn't think much about this one, ya it was cool but when she got to the back of the book she turned it upside down and red it again. it was like a new story! This was the coolest book that I have ever seen!! It was one book with two different stories on the same page. so creative
Xiaoxiao Zhu
Sep 23, 2012 Xiaoxiao Zhu rated it really liked it
What an amazing black-and-white postmodern book! I like such design and such style. Also I like such feelings. It make me feel fresh and actually I have never seen such kind of book before. And I'm really curious about how the author can come up with these ideas to make such a picturebook with so much newness.

This book is full of metamorphosis and innovation because readers can read this book normally or upside down, the story will be continued whatever it is black or white. So it make me amazi
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