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Thursday 5 July 2018

Review: Imagine A Place

Can you imagine a place where homes grow like trees, snow turns to blossoms or stars become fireflies? 

This visually captivating picture book features intriguing and delightfully detailed paintings by Rob Gonsalves, accompanied by Sarah L 

Thomson’s evocative words. Thomson invites readers to ponder limitless imaginative possibilities, with sparse text that provides space for the readers’ own thoughts and ideas to emerge.

Each of Gonsalves’ paintings carries the reader further into the realms of imagination. Flowing curtains transform into elegant dancers, rooms subtly morph into cities and the world becomes a gameboard as Gonsalves artfully plays with perspectives and perceptions, in the great traditions of the art of optical illusion and transformation. 

The meticulous attention to detail in the images, such as changing shadows and reflections, subtly draw our view across the span of a painting, until we realise the landscape has changed before our very eyes.

This picture book provides endless opportunities to revisit, discover previously unnoticed elements in the paintings and consider new ideas of one’s own.  Imagine A Place lifts the shackles of probable and leaves readers with a sense of possible.

Imagine A Place is a companion to Imagine A Day and Imagine A Night also by Sarah L Thomson and Rob Gonsalves.

Title: Imagine A Place
Author: Sarah L. Thomson
Illustrator: Rob Gonsalves
Publisher: Atheneum Books, $29.99
Publication Date: 21 October 2008
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781416968023
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book