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Outside the Lines by Brad Burg
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Mar 17, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: read_childrens-fiction

Outside The Lines is an anthology of poems about play. The text and illustrations work together to mirror the activity being described. For instance, a poem about playing catch forces the reader to move his eyes back and forth across the page to follow the poem, just as they would follow a real life game of catch. A baseball poem organizes the verses in diamond -- a verse at first base, one at second, one in the pitcher’s mound, etc. The jumping rope poem has moving text forming two curved lines, in “double dutch” format.

It’s a great concept! Outside the Lines is original, playful, and perfect for kids. Probably not for very new readers, though. It challenges much of what young readers know about concepts of print – including directionality and form. But for more experienced readers, it's much like a puzzle…the reader needs to figure out what comes next. I’m so glad I discovered this book at my local library. I highly recommend it!

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March 17, 2010 – Shelved
December 28, 2014 – Shelved as: read_childrens-fiction

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