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Waddle: A Scanimation Picture Book

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Optical animation is mesmerizing and fun for all ages.

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This book will appeal to just about everyone. The text is simple and playful enough to add a little extra fun to a book that is mainly about the fascinating illustrations. The youngest kids will enjoy the play, beginning readers can manage the text, and older ones will be captivated by what exactly makes the animals appear to move.

Rufus Butler Seder, the artist who developed the scanimation technique, has also used it to give the illusion of movement to suncatchers and other optically animated toys, greeting cards, and even full-sized murals. He has two other bestselling scanimation books called Gallop and Swing.

The reader moves the pages, and the animals waddle, flap, hop, and so on. This is scanimation...very original and fun. Black stripes on a transparent plastic film slide across scrambled images to create the illusion of sequential movement. And, this time the animals are in color.

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