This was book 14 for the YALSA Best Books challenge.
Basically this is a book that has dozens of amazing 3D sidewalk drawings made by Julian Beever. I...moreThis was book 14 for the YALSA Best Books challenge.
Basically this is a book that has dozens of amazing 3D sidewalk drawings made by Julian Beever. It is quite impressive to see an illustration of something that looks like a swimming pool or a skyscraper and realize that it is not in 3D. They really look like they are. Although if one looks closely you can see the lines in the paving stones or sidewalk cracks in many of the drawings. Of course there is some technique to drawing in such a way that the illustrations seem 3D. Beever explains a bit about each drawing--both how it was created and how he got the idea.
I really enjoyed looking at the photographs of the sidewalk art. There were quite a few that I did double takes on. And then after reading the detailed captions I had to look once more. I didn't like how when in a caption he referenced another drawing and I had to go to the index or table of contents to figure out where in the book that illustration was so I could look at it and cross reference. This was especially annoying when a lot of the works he mentioned were earlier illustrations (I got this idea from when I did xyz work or whatnot) and the earlier illustrations came later in the book. I had twinges of frustration when I felt like because it was referenced as an earlier illustration I should have already known about it even though I hadn't read about it yet. So, that being said if they had only included page numbers so I could say, "Oh, I haven't gotten there yet." I would have been fine. As it was it annoyed me. I also didn't like how he kept talking about how he used various vanishing points or would talk about how he drew so it would seem 3D from only one view point. But there were only a couple of photographs that showed the illustrations from the side so I could actually see what he was talking about.
I do think this is a good book for reluctant readers. I think many people will find the illustrations absolutely amazing. However, I don't see many people actually reading the text and caring. They probably will just look at the pictures and be amazed. I think I would have been if I hadn't been annoyed while reading. If I had read it more as a coffee table book instead of cover to cover, I think I would have really enjoyed it.(less)