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Round Trip

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  704 ratings  ·  153 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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
This book is pretty amazing.
Isabelle Jimenez
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Tatelyn Graves
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
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
I really liked this book a lot. This book is fun because after you read the book, you flip it over and read it the other way. This continues the story. The artwork in this book is done very cleverly. It shows children that from different perspectives things can look different. You could use this book to teach about art and blank space. Or, you could use this book to teach children of perspectives and mind sets.
Round Trip is an interesting book that takes the reader on a journey to and from an exciting city. I thought this was a cool idea for a book. I like how it does something unique and different to keep the reader engaged. The story was a little bland for me, but it would be exciting and fun for children to read and then flip for more of the story. The black and white aspect is different than most children’s books and adds to the story line.
Just as soothing as I remembered it being with incredible art and a fantastic bed-time book because of the way that the rhythm of the second 'upside down' half of the book eases into night. My daughter was initially very bothered by the 'holding the book upside down' for the second half but once I started pointing out things she could recognize in the images, she started to enjoy it. This is a nostalgia pick for me, but has aged well.
Lierin Patterson
The creativity of this book is awesome. It is read forward and backward. It is in black and white which create shadows and lines that would not otherwise be there. Something creative that we could do with children is to do a cut out a vase and open it up to reveal a face, or cut out the face and reveal the vase. I did this when I was in art class in middle school and it was fun!
Round Trip by Ann Jonas is such an imaginative story that would be sure to catch the attention of readers at any age! The entire story is featured in a black and white color scheme that in a way represents day and night. This story also is like a two in one package. Reading the story normally would would get the understanding that it is day time, based on the white that is being displayed in the background. However, as soon as you think the story comes to an end, you are thrown for a loop which ...more
Madisen Justesen
Round Trip is absolutely ingenious. The story is cute and simple and the art is amazing. I honestly have no idea how some people come up with these amazing ways to use art. Imagination and creativity are used to the max in Round Trip. The art blew my mind. My imagination feels so inadequate after reading Round Trip. This is a beautiful and amazing book.
I bet this book was a lot more fun to create than it is to read. It's boring. Not all of the images are successful. But I bet I would have been fascinated by it as a child. It's a great idea. It's not very elegant or pretty. For a book whose entire focus is the artwork, I think it would have warranted more effort to make the artwork spectacular.
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