A lady takes her little dog for a walk, a clown reads a book comfortably seated in his armchair, a fireman puts out a fire and a pretty little white house greets us with a smile: what’s wrong with this book? Nothing it would seem! But turn the page and you see the smart lady’s nose become the mouth of a house hot-footing it away from the fireman, whose hydrant is really the very long nose of a clown! And the elephant? It is just the shadow of an armchair seen from behind. And you’re likely to go nuts hanging upside down from the ceiling, which is also a floor at the same time. In What’s wrong with this book? a series of puzzles using die cuts, shadow play and optical illusions playfully deceive the reader. Geometric shapes have endless combinations and everything hides a multitude of identities. Turn the book and turn it again, stand on your head and let yourself be carried along by McGuire and the surprises in store on every page.
Richard McGuire was born in New Jersey and lives and works in New York. After studying music and art he started working as an illustrator with animation studios, film production and major magazines, including the New Yorker. He has written and illustrated numerous highly successful books for children. Edizioni Corraini has also published his “Night becomes day”.