If you haven’t noticed by now, of the GB team I’m not the picture book expert. Hence, when the team decided on our March/April bi-monthly theme my repertoire of wordless picture book was limited to one. That ONE book was Zoom by Istvan Banyai. I knew of Zoom years ago and had recently seen a copy in our neighborhood bookshop. As soon as the theme was finalized, I headed out to get myself copy; to discover it was gone and all was left was Re-Zoom. While I discovered other wordless picture books— and —, which I’ve reviewed earlier, I was bent on looking for a copy of Zoom and attempt a 2-in-1 feature. I was unfortunate and because I cannot delay any further, I settle myself with writing about Re-Zoom. However, this isn’t the first time Gathering Books is featuring the work of Istvan Banyai. Myra reviewed his book a few weeks ago.
In the book Zoom by Istvan Banyai, readers are taken on a wordless journey that is out of this world...literally. Each page of the book consists of a zoomed out picture of the picture on the previous page. It starts with a picture of a red object with 5 points. It is hard to tell what the object is at first, but as the page turns, it is made obvious that the picture on the first page is the crown of a chicken. As the book continues we see the the story unfold from two children watching a chicken outside their window, to a little girl building a toy village, to that same little girl being on the front of a magazine held by a boy sitting at the pool on a cruise, and so on and so on until we are taken to outer space and the world is only a little spec in the far distance. This book fits under the genre of postmodern picture books because of the unconventional style of the book and the non linear lines in the pictures. For example we can see the non linear lines in the pictures when we look down at the picture of the plane flying in the sky. Instead of the plane flying in a straight line, the plane flies at an angle from one corner of the page to the other. Although this book did not have a clear theme, one can infer that a possible theme could be not everything is what it seems. I really enjoyed reading this book and while I was reading I was always anxious as to what the next picture would be. Zoom was a very fun book to read!