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Round Trip

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  947 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
This book isn't just the story of a round trip - it is a round trip! Read forward and look at the sights, the flip the book over to see something different on the way back. Ann Jonas's amazing two-way trip is guaranteed to change the way you look at things!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 26th 1990 by Turtleback Books (first published April 1st 1983)
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Aug 13, 2016 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
Lisa Vegan
Oct 24, 2007 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
Dawn Rutherford
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book is pretty amazing.
Kira Brighton
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like art
*Read for school senior year college in Children's Lit class*

Beautiful illustrations! Brilliantly done.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great idea and excellent black and white illustrations that worked perfectly with the story.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dude, man! You can read this book upside down!?!?

It kind of hurt my head to share it at storytime, I kept getting confused about which way to turn the pages.

It's super cool though.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Very clever and imaginative book detailing a trip into the city from morning until night. All in black and white illustrations, the book is flipped upside down to read about the trip home.
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