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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
New York in Pyjamarama
by Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand
Age Range: 6-8
Who could ever believe that wearing striped pyjamas could cause so much adventure; but these are no ordinary pyjamas … or stripes! It’s bedtime and a little boy is snuggled under the covers ready for sleep, but before he knows it his pyjamas start to whirl, then his stripes start to spin and his dream takes him on an exciting trip to New York.
This is Pyjamarama animation and New York as you’ve never seen it before with images of the city coming alive as if by magic. It’s an animated picture book with a difference; French artists Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand have created an exciting, mesmerising interactive book that children (and adults) will not be able to put down.
By placing the sheet of acetate filter, (provided with a pocket to keep it in at the front of the book), on the image and moving it slowly from side to side across the page something amazing happens. There are swarms of people all moving together in the shopping malls, traffic is whizzing along the highways, the vast green space of Central Park, the dazzling lights of Broadway and the forest of skyscrapers that make our hero dizzy.
Produced using the old technique of Ombro-Cinema it has been revitalised in a completely new way: the lines imbedded in the design create an illusion of movement when contrasted against the lines of the acetate.
Written in rhyme with bold, bright colours and differing sizes of text New York in Pyjamarama certainly has the WOW factor.