Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Norman Messenger
Novelty Picture Book
For ages 6 and up
Candlewick Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0763627577

Imagine what it would be like to pour tea out of a teapot that does not have a spout. How would it feel  to ride a bike that has square wheels, and how would you like to travel to a land where giants are hiding in all kinds of unexpected places? 

In our world we would never be able to do any of these things, but inside the covers of this book these activities and many others become real. As we look through this unique book our imagination gets a real opportunity to stretch its muscles. We get to look for hidden secrets, try to figure out puzzles, and to imagine what it would be like to see  lots of peculiar objects, people, animals and more. Readers will discover all manner of odd things as they lift flaps, open out pages, and turn dials. Though many of the things seen on the pages could never really exist in our world, how wonderful it is to imagine what it might be like if they did.

With stunning artwork full of rich detail, Norman Messenger has created a book that will engage readers of all ages for a good while. Perfect to dip into at random, this exploration of the imagination is both beautiful to look at and fun to explore. Readers might be even be tempted to think up some of their own impossible imaginings which they can share with their family and friends.