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Round Trip

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  453 ratings  ·  115 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...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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.
Beautiful and sublime, this charming children’s book takes the reader on an unforgettable journey back and forth and upside down in its pages. Each page is a clever, eye-pleasing symphony of black and white, each page capable of being turned upside down to form a very different image. It is a startling and startlingly picturesque example of what heights a talented illustrator is capable of achieving.
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
This book’s cover is in all black and white, in a portrait style and looks like someone took an exact knife then did a pop up effect on some of the pages. When you get past the blank pages the title page of the book is same type of art as the cover but the name of publisher is upside down on the page. As you read the book from the beginning you find out that the first part is about going out and seeing things, as the story comes to the end of the book it asked that the book be turned around just...more
This book doesn't have the best storyline, but luckily, the illustrations make up for it. The illustrations are very interesting either way you read the book. This book would have no trouble at capturing children's attention. This book would also appeal to children who are beginning to read, because the text isn't very difficult.
This book is very inventive any way that it teaches perspective. The story goes one way with pictures and the storyline you turn the book over and go back and it's story of the pictures change and you go back to the beginning. I think this is an awesome concept that teach perspective and the use of space, negative and positive space.
Rima Aroutiounian
Very interesting way to write a book and illustrations. The "Round Trip" centers around leaving home and taking a tour in the city, watching movie, eating dinner and coming back home. This will definitely catch the attention for children. Great for narrative skills because it is in chronological order.
Round Trip drew my attention because of the striking black and white of the pictures. The cover creates an immediate interaction with the reader because one title can be read right side up and the other must be read by turning the book around also showing the picture in reverse.
This story begins the country with a family taking a road trip to the city and back again. Each page shows the sights you would see during your trip to the city. The scenery changes as you flip the book around for the re...more
Kelly K
I remembered this book from elementary school and had to read it again. The book itself is such a neat concept. One story and illustration on one side then if you flip it upside down you get a companion story and a different perspective on the same illustration that is all done in black and white.
Megan Goss
I was very impressed with this book because of the illustrations and the format of turning the book upside down. It starts off as a trip from the country to the city. Since I knew that the illustrations would be turned upside down to see a different image, it was hard for my eyes not to flip the image in my head before I turned the book. The illustrations are in black and white; the use of these two colors allowed the images to become like optical illusions. This must have taken a lot of thought...more
Chris March
This book is beautifully designed for a playful interaction, where the reader may change their perspective at any time, to view parallel, but time shifted point in the story. As a child, and as an adult, I crave(d) a balance between freedom of exploration and a well manicured path in print, oral and digital stories. This book showed me that by slightly altering the balance from the expected ratio of "manicured path" to "exploration space", a known form (children's picture books) could provide a...more
A Reading Rainbow book! I remember getting this to read some time in elementary school. From the show I knew that one picture one way was another upside down. Still, I didn't remember what everything became. When I first started to read this book (this time around), I had trouble not looking up at the upside down words near the top, or looking for what the other pictures might turn out as. Soon I was able to just enjoy the book as it came along. This helped me be even more fascinated by things I...more
Brianne Griffin
"Round Trip" was a very unique picture book. The black and white illustrations were abstract. First, you read it through to the last page and then you had to flip the book upside down and read back to the beginning. The idea is creative and extraordinary. On the way back, the same pictures take on a different meaning from the way you visualized them the first time through the story. The text and illustartions combined record the sights on a day trip to the city and then back home to the country....more
I heard my 11 year old son exclaim "cool!" in the backseat today. When I looked back to see what he was excited about, it was this book. I have to agree, it is a cool concept.

The story is read first with the text on the bottom about a family going on a trip and what they saw. The book is then flipped over at the end over for the reader to see and read about the trip back home (same illustrations, but with a different perspective).

I have one confession, I read it wrong at first. First I read the...more
This book illustration's reminds me of a newer book called, Reflections. The story itself doesn't have an exciting plot, but the illustrations is where this book shines. Throughout the story, the illustrations are reflected where one half the page shows one scene and if you flipped the pages upside down, it's another scene. The book is only black and white which was great at the time, but I felt that it took a few moments to stop and determine what a particular scene was about. Maybe after readi...more
Heydi Smith
This book is a work of genius! I loved turning the book over to read the second half of the story. It was magical how the pictures changed and gave you a whole new point of view. Loved it!
Sarah Leesman
Round Trip is a really interesting black and white book. It gave me a headache because I was trying to look at the whole book at the same time. I found the book to be a little harsh with the sharp contrast between the black and white colors. The story for this book begins on the bottom of the book and once the reader gets to the end of the book the family arrives in the city. The reader must then flip the book upside down in order to read about the families’ journey home. It skillful shows all o...more
Potential Problems: The pictures can be confusing.
Personal Response: I wish that it had color and that the pictures made a little more sense.
Honah Miller
The illustrations in this book are reversible... or rather an optical illusion of sorts. When reading the story from front to back, the black and white illustrations are seen as one image, but turning the book upside down and reading the second half of the story back to front, the same illustrations create whole new images. These illustrations add to the theme of the title "Round Trip" because the book is literally a round trip! This is appealing to children because it is unique and fun to be ab...more
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