Our Neighbor is a Strange, Strange Man.
This is essentially a textless book (fewer than 100 words, many of them, like the title, repeated). It's a story about an inventor whose flying contraption was built and flown some thirty years before the Wright's success. Krudop's double-page gouache scenes depict the black-suited hero in his workshop and fields in a manner that builds anticipation until the final triumphant moment. Color rather than detail sets the tone; suggestion rather than specificity tells all we need to know "for goodness sake." What a contrast with Doolittle's meticulous pictures! [See next review).
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|Date:||Nov 1, 1999|
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