Just received the book, Panorama, as a gift for being alive post-finals. The accordion-fold layout is a rare variation from a traditional 32-page book format, and it really is a stunning presentation. Read it page-by-page, like every other book, and journey through scenes of individual countries – with Fani Marceau’s poetic quip for each. Then, night falls, and the viewer is invited to turn back through the
other side of the pages… in a nighttime version of every spread. As if Joelle Jolivet’s (365 Penguins) black-and-white woodcut illustrations weren’t gorgeous enough, they fold out into a 13 foot expanse of… well… the world! Everything connects into two mural-like landscapes, day and night, that literally had me jumping with delight.
The catch? Yes, this book will be destroyed by eager 6-year-olds within minutes of any library purchasing this beauty. But I’m all for fresh ways of approaching what it means to be a book (thank you, Independent Publishing class…), so look forward to much more of that here to come!