A Scanimation Picture Book
Workman Publishing Company
On Sale: November 22, 2007
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There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a
patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a
marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to
life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to
flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.
A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full
gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat
springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created
by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker
fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is 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,
and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo
series springing into actionâ€”or, in terms kids can relate
to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is
a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun,
nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-
loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo!
Every child who opens the book will be amazedâ€”and so will
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