Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs by Xu Bing

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Read Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs Online Free - A puzzle, a work of art, and a collection of classic American songs, all in an innovative book by one of the world's foremost contemporary artists.

Every page of this book is filled with secret code. It seems like Chinese calligraphy, but it's not. It seems like you can't read it, but you can. Once the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place, you will understand it all. And some of it may even strike you as strangely familiar . . .

Twelve traditional American songs, such as "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Yankee Doodle," as well as five classic songs from Chinese culture, are written here in artist Xu Bing's unique "square word calligraphy," which uses one-block words made of English letters. From a distance, these pieces are beautiful but unintelligible art. Up close, they are a mystery just waiting to be solved--like the fine art version of "Magic Eye."

For readers ages 7 and up, Look! What Do You See? is perfect for long car rides or coded notes to friends. Incredibly intricate and visually engaging, this is a book that children and adults will return to again and again.

Title : Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs
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ISBN : 0451473779
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 0 pages


Lynn rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2017

Bing created a clever way to write words called 'square word calligraphy' (do a search!). There are text books and workbooks, and now a children's book with American folklore songs and a few Chinese words. I figured out quickly how to read the words (and identify the songs), but didn't realize th...

Connie T. rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 28, 2017

I was attracted to this book's use of what looks like Chinese calligraphy to write in code. Using song lyrics as the text makes it easier to decode the messages but once you figure out which song it is, there isn't much incentive to decode all the words. The use of song lyrics also adds to a feel...

Kimberly rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 02, 2018

Hmmm. I'm not sure what the point of this is? Some of the songs are immediately identifiable just from the illustrations, while others had my scratching my head for a few minutes. But...what is a child supposed to take away from this?

Alia rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2018

This is neat. My friend had to help me but once I got it...! Fascinating & unique concept.

Emily rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

Square letter calligraphy that depicts codes of classic children's songs (American and Chinese). Engaging puzzle text that could be good for a STEM activity. Gr. 2-5.

Marcie rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2017

What a unique book. It was fun although easy for me. Might be great fun for music teachers.

Shar rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 02, 2018

This was ridiculously harder than I thought it would be.

Bill rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 24, 2017

Terrific artist. Not so terrific picturebook.

Edward rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 01, 2018

Beautiful art but otherwise unsuccessful.

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