Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Something's not quite right

Something's not quite right

Illustrator:  Guy Billout 
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
David Godine, 2002   ISBN: 156792266X

Usually, when you look at a picture, you see something that is as it should be. A tree has leaves and apples on it. A witch is riding a broom, a ghost is see-through. In this collection of illustrations, Guy Billout has created pictures that are quirky. Something in each of the thirty-three pictures is “not quite right,” and it is up to the reader to find out what that something is.

For example, here is a picture of a man looking for his golf ball. Where can it be? Could the ostrich on the green have something to do with the golf ball’s disappearance?

Children of all ages (and adults) will enjoy looking at this unique wordless picture book. Can you find all the things that are “not quite right?” Using humor, a clever use of light, and other tricks, Guy Billout has created a memorable title for readers of all ages.