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Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book - Rufus Seder

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Rufus Seder / Board book / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 12 Pages / Book is published 2007-10-08 by Workman Publishing

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      01.08.2009 22:19
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      A fascinating book that everyone will enjoy

      Gallop is a scanimation picture book by Rufus Butler Seder which uses an extraordinary type of animation to create an illusion of movementn so when you open the book you actually see the animals move! I was fascinated to understand how it works, its absolutely amazing and Ive never seen anything like it!

      After looking into it on line etc I eventually managed to find the science behind the book (even if I dont quite understand it completely!) Apparently it has three frames of sequential movements that are superposed and a transparent film with vertical lines over the top. These lines are three times thicker than the transparent interval between, which basically means a thick black line, followed by a small gap, repeated several times across the page. This means when the film slides over the picture, only one frame is shown each time which cause a illusion of movement. Thats how I understand it anyway.

      It is a hard back type of board book that is therefore very wearable, always a bonus with childrens books. It has 8 different animals featured along with a star at the end and aswell as these pictures 'moving' there is an accompanying verse that asks the reader can you imitate the animal, for eg 'can you gallop like a horse?' and then it writes the animals noise under the 'moving' picture. This means aswell as being visually entertaining the book is interactive because the child can imitate the noises with you!

      Its a really novel (excuse the pun!) way to use visual effects with words to entertain children of all ages.
      The IBSN number is 978-0-7611-4763-3 (according to the back of the book) and my daughter was brought hers as a present from Tesco, I think it was about £7 which is expensive when compared to other childrens books but it is definitely unusual and a talking point to all who see it

      As a by point the same technology is used to create another 2 books withthe same theme, one is WADDLE which features more animals and the other is KICK which features the activity of a boy!

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        23.07.2009 15:24
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        Can't wait for the Waddle!

        What a absolutely delightful little book. Gallop! is a "Scanimation" picture book by Rufus Butler Seder.

        It is a bit like a modern day pop up book, as you open each page a different animal can be seen in motion, a running horse for example or a bird flying through the air.

        It works by having a striped perspex window on the right hand of each double page, as you open the page the artwork behind the window and the window itself are pulled along making the animal look as if it is moving. Very clever.

        The book is a hardcover, about an inch thick and around 5" wide/7"tall. It is mainly white but with brightly coloured wording. It is 10 pages long.

        Each page has a different animal. On the left hand side it says "Can you xxx like a xxx? and on the left under the scanimation it gives a fun "sound" of that action. For example:

        Can you soar like an eagle? Whoosh-whoosh-glide.
        Can you swim like a turtle? Glippety-gloap-gloap.
        Can you swing like a chimp? Swoop-swoop-slide.

        This makes it fun to read to a child, doing the noises together and letting them make the animals move. All of the text is in brightly coloured lettering, there isn't much text on the pages, so it would only take five mins to get through the book. You can vary the speed of the animals by turning the page quickly or slowly.

        The last pages repeat all of the actions (can you jump, can you strut etc,) then says to take a bow and smile, and twinkle like a star, for that is what your are. Followed by a scanimation star.

        The ISBN for this book is 978-0-7611-4763-3 and it is priced at around £7. Not the cheapest of children's books but it would make a really unusual gift.

        I believe there is a new version of this book coming out soon called Waddle (with a penguin on the front). We will definitely be buying it.

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