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Book Review – Gallop!

9780761147633Now that LTD has reached nine months his interest is books has expanded slightly beyond the eating phase. Occasionally, he will actually look at a book’s contents and study the picture. One book that is always able to capture his attention is Gallop! by Rufus Butler Seder. Gallop is a Scanimation Picture Book. No, that doesn’t mean that it is from the future sent back in time to entertain the children of the 21st Century, it means that the book features different animals running, jumping or flying using “a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the “persistence of vision” principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope.” You don’t need to understand all that gobbledygook to have fun with the book. When you flip the page slightly back and forth the dog runs, the eagle flies and as the title suggests the horse gallops. The words are very simple and mostly pertain to the particular action taking place. The book is a lot of fun right now as the little guy stares in fascination; who knows if Gallop! will stand the test of time, but for right now we are enjoying the ride.

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