Monday, April 8, 2013

LOOK...LOOK AGAIN! by John O'Brien

O’Brien, John. Look … Look Again! Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-59078-894-3. $18.95.

Brilliantly John O’Brien’s pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons surprise the eye and the mind. Each panel leads one to a visual conclusion changed by the very next illustration, until the last leaves one deeply amused and appreciative of O’Brien’s sense of humor and graphic genius. The reinforced cut-out cover opening onto endpapers that draw upon yet contradict it, the very original iteration of the “Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup” joke, the Three Ring Circus, the cows, pizzas, knights, and much more are packed in a hilarious book certain to be repeatedly enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially older ones.

Alida Allison

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