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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  3,656 ratings  ·  480 reviews
As seen on the Serial podcast, season 2, episode 1 ("Dustwun")!

Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai's sleek, mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight readers of all ages.

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Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published March 1st 1995)
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Jon Nakapalau
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic introduction on how to look at perspective - microscopic to telescopic. Will really encourage children to start to appreciate perspective. If you know of a small child who is interested in cinematography then this book could be of particular interest to you; will fuel imagination and creativity in a very unique and fun way.
Lisa Vegan
Oh, I just loved this. It should maybe be called “Zoom Out” because the frames start off close up in full zoom mode and work outward. I love how as a reader I kept thinking I knew “where I was” and kept being shown otherwise, and I enjoyed how with 2 or 3 pages I had to look at them 2 or 3 times, and not just once, to figure out what was going on.

This is a very clever picture book. It’s a wonderful springboard for discussing perspective and perception, and terrific for pre-readers to be able to
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's books like these- the ones I read as a child- that really helped shape the person I am today. The Phantom Tollbooth also falls into this category, and whereas that one built a foundation for my love of knowledge, language, and reading, this one helped to form inside me a love of the unknown, as well as a mind that's always trying to see the bigger picture.

As for the book- well, everything you need to know is in the title. It's a series of images that zoom out more and more, revealing that
Sep 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
As you zoom in and out, each page reveals another layer of our world. Simple, colorful, and original. Bravo!
Nov 05, 2020 added it
The Office’s Michael Scott: [reading off a piece of paper] Little girl in a field holding a flower, we zoom back to find that she’s in the desert and the field is an oasis. Zoom back further the desert is a sandbox in the world’s largest resort hotel. Zoom back further the hotel is actually the playground for the world’s largest prison. But we zoom back further—

Beloved and behated Michael Scott could have illustrated this book, but it lacks his imagination and it’s simply way too short to exist
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cool little book about perspective --must be read to be appreciated (which will take all of four minutes!) A very nice Theory of Knowledge book.
What an amazing children’s picture book! I wish I had this author’s imagination.
Crystal Marcos
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am very impressed with this wordless picture book! I read both Zoom and the follow up book Re-Zoom back to back. I enjoyed the experience. The illustrations worked well with the concept of the book. I had to show this to my husband when I was done. He is sort of getting into photography, so I thought he would appreciate the zooming aspect of the story. I enjoyed it all over again with him. My 23 month old daughter really liked the way I read these books to her. I sang a tune as I went along ad ...more
Ahmed Oraby
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to this fine book by the principal of my loving son's elementary school when I was a volunteer there. She--the principal--pushed it into my hands one day when I stormed into her office..... "Here, read this while I finish up something...." This was her tactic for anyone who stormed into her office....typically an upset parent or frazzled teacher. As she--the principal--explained to me, by the time you finish 'reading' this book, whatever was upsetting you seems to have vanished ...more
Dani K.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Zoom is a wordless picture book that defies the familiar conventions of storytelling in favor of a playful critique of individual perspective. The reader begins the experience by opening to a rather plain title page that contains the title, the author/illustrator’s names, and the publisher against a black background. The only other image on the page is the white outline of a pencil that seems to hover against the darkness, a shadow image in the depths of space.

From there, the book comes to a ser
Leigh Perry
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
ZOOM by Istvan Banyai is a book that takes readers on an interesting and fun journey. It allows readers to zoom in and zoom out of the story and images and try to figure out what they are seeing and once readers think they know what they see, they have to guess again because nothing is as it seems and there’s nothing readers can do but hang on and enjoy the story.
This is a vertically oriented picturebook. The jacket cover and book covers are dark orange, yellow, and black. These colors are inte
Hungarian-born artist Istvan Banyai's debut picture-book, Zoom, which first saw print in 1995, and was followed by Re-Zoom in 1998, is a boldly illustrated wordless journey, one that takes the reader (viewer?) on to an increasingly distant point from its original subject. It should, as my friend Lisa notes in her own review, really be called "Zoom Out." Opening with a close-up shot of a rooster's comb, then backing up to a view of the rooster as a whole, then to a scene encompassing some chi ...more
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
such a simple profound little book to remind young and old alike what widening our perceptions provides in the way of possibilities! my favorite book to give as a gift.
Anastasia Hutson
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review by Anastasia Hutson
Zoom by Istvan Banyai is a wordless picture book that continually entices its readers to wonder what is on the next page. The beginning of the book is a close up image of a chicken comb and page by page the images zoom out, showing more of its surroundings. Just when the reader thinks that the image is complete they turn the page to see even more of the story around the initial image. I enjoyed the book because it kept be guessing and wondering what possibly could b
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What first appears to be a simple concept of zooming out continuously, turns out to be such a clever idea and a way of telling many stories at once. The fact it starts with a tiny rooster and then ends with the tiny Earth in the vast expanse of space, means it almost comes full circle. Yes the Earth is big and holds all these stories from around the world, but when compared to the rest of the universe, it is also tiny.

A fun read that actually holds insights into many lives that can be explored
Kaetlin V
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zoom by Istvan Banyai is a wordless picturebook that is a series of pictures that start very close-up and then zoom out. The first picture starts with an up close red object, which we find out is a rooster on the next picture. It then zooms out to two children looking at the rooster and then the house and town they are in. We then find out that this town is actually a model that a girl is playing with on a magazine cover. This pattern continues for the rest of book playing on the idea.

I was draw
Apr 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: art-visual
Zoom is a book that moves from a very small detail out into many other scenes that all come from inside the previous scene. It has no words, it tells the story through visuals only. In order to use this text in a middle school classroom, students could be introduced to it with no context at all in order to lead them to understand the concept of the story. After students have experienced the book, they can be tasked to use it as an illustration and write captions for each page, like a children's ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This wordless picture book starts with an image and continues to "zoom" out, showing that what you see could turn into something else completely.

It is incredible how engaging a wordless picture book can be. Typically, when I think of this type of genre, it is for very young readers who cannot read words. However, this book is an exception! It would take a little bit of an older student to be able to follow the plot line and read the pictures in order. It could be used in the classroom for predic
Really enjoyed this wordless picture book, each pages zooms out from the last picture to reveal a bigger picture with more detail. I can see the fun and creative potential for children to make their own 'Zoom' book focussing on their life and experiences that they have had, this could be through English or Art.

Cross Curricular Links:
- English, Describing each photo, Children to make their own 'zoom' books about their lives.
- Science, Discovering the earth, planets and stars.
- Geography, Count
Rebecca Collins
One of my favourite wordless picture books! I love how you do not expect what is going to be on the next page and how it all fits together perfectly. This book could be used with any age group in my opinion, as even those who are in EYFS could interpret what is happening in some of the pictures. This also really highlights why books like this should appear within libraries, because it teaches so much about the world and different societies and cultures; additionally so many NC links could be mad ...more
Tahira Hamilton
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a picture book with no words. This book shows one picture on each page that is connected to the picture before it. I would use this book to help teach an art lesson or a science lesson. Student's could get neat ideas from this book on projects they could make in an art class. This book could also be used to start a science discussion on how everything in life is connected and effcts ech other. ...more
This is a cool wordless book. For all ages. Nothing is as it seems....(cue Twilight Zone music.)
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harding15-16
I plan on using this amazing wordless book with my 7th graders to review sequencing.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silence is a fence around wisdom.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-picture-books
Amazing - can be read forwards and backwards - perhaps ideal for chn with ASD as a means to understand micro and macro structures.
Bethany Hagenbuch
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This children’s book has no words, yet it describes our existence perfectly. Humans are just tiny specks in the universe that are very miniscule. This picture book takes an illustration and slowly zooms out to reveal something larger. I think the deeper meaning behind this book is realizing how unimportant the little things are in life. Middle schoolers and young adults often worry about little things like a grade on a quiz or what their outfit looks like, but in reality it doesn’t matter. I do ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Each illustration in this wordless picture book cleverly zooms out from the previous one, from a rooster in a (toy) henhouse to the earth in space. The illustrations themselves are not particularly distinguished, but the concept and execution makes the book above average. Each picture forces the "readers" to rethink what they are seeing, and there are many surprises along the way. This would be good for encouraging students to think outside the box and to view things with a fresh perception. The ...more
David Ward
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zoom  by Istvan Banyai (Puffin Books 1995) (Nonfiction - children's) is fantastic, just fantastic. There's no other way to describe it. Here's how the book works: you see a hand-drawn picture on page one. You turn the page, and you see the same picture but from a remove so that the perspective is different. You turn the page, and you see what you previously saw, but it's not the same. The perspective has changed, and it's the same thing, but it's something completely different. The reality has c ...more
Carys O'Neill
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wordless picture book that expands the picture and adds another element on each page. Each illustration is full of information that I would love to see children unpick. This book has a lot of opportunities for children to see the changes in the story based off the illustrations.
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