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The Slant Book

The Slant Book by Peter Newell
By: (1862-1924)

The Slant Book by Peter Newell is a delightful and inventive children's book that tells the story of a mischievous boy and his unfortunate encounter with a runaway baby carriage. The book's unique design, with each page slanting at an angle to convey movement and perspective, adds an extra layer of charm to the already engaging narrative. Newell's whimsical illustrations perfectly capture the chaos and humor of the boy's escapade, making this a book that children and adults alike will enjoy revisiting time and time again. Overall, The Slant Book is a classic piece of children's literature that remains as entertaining and captivating today as it was when it was first published.

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The Slant Book is literally the shape of a parallelogram, with the spine of the book running down one side. When opened, facing pages form a “V” shape. All the pictures on the slanted recto pages show a way-too-precocious infant in a carriage [the "go-cart" of yesteryear] racing downhill who has somehow gotten away from his nanny, gleefully creating havoc all along the way! The facing verso pages contain two stanzas of commentary on the charming –if alarming!– illustrations.

This book pioneered the “special format” children’s literature of today, such as pop-up books or cutout books like Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Newell books from 80 years ago have been reprinted, since Newell has undergone a resurgence in popularity much as Dr. Seuss’s books did during the 1980s. This is a boon for teachers and home-schooling parents, since this recording can now be listened to as youngsters page through a real book (ISBN: 080-480-5326) or as they view the ICDL scanned version online (both are a real treat)!

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