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The Slant Book

Peter Newell

Book Overview: 

The Slant Book is literally the shape of a parallelogram, with the spine of the book running down one side. When opened, facing pages form a “V” shape. All the pictures on the slanted recto pages show a way-too-precocious infant in a carriage [the "go-cart" of yesteryear] racing downhill who has somehow gotten away from his nanny, gleefully creating havoc all along the way! The facing verso pages contain two stanzas of commentary on the charming –if alarming!– illustrations.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Where Bobby lives there is a hill—
A hill so steep and high,
'Twould fill the bill for Jack and Jill
Their famous act to try

Once Bobby's Go-cart broke away
And down this hill it kited.
The careless Nurse screamed in dismay
But Bobby was delighted

He clapped his hands, in manner rude,
And laughed in high elation—
While, close behind, the Nurse pursued
In hopeless consternation

An Officer slid off the lid
As Bobby hove in sight,
And bellowed out, "You're scorchin', kid—
I'll run you in all right!"

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Community Reviews

As ilustrações deste livro tinham um ar algo antigo, e confirma-se... ele é de 1910! Eheh! Só o descobri depois de o ter lido, indo às letrinhas pequeninas que vêm no início do livro.
Uma agradável descoberta. E um trabalho de tradução para Português bem feito, visto que os versos das quadras rimam e

Originally published 1910, reprinted 1967. I saw this book on display as part of an exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center and was so intrigued that I ordered a copy of the reprint. It's a wild ride! An inattentive nanny allows a child in a baby carriage (or baby buggy, or perambulator, or pram, or

Sin trabajo cuesta abajo

Librazo maravilloso y encantador. Hasta quise tener hijos cuando lo leí sólo para mostrárselos. Sin duda, el regalo perfecto para un sobrino, vecino, nieto, o cualquier infante a quien haya que regalar algo. Incluso un adulto se puede ir de lado nomás de leer este librón tan

Available through Library of Congress.

The illustrations in this are BOMB; they're rich, evocative, and surprisingly modern for a 1910 children's picture book. The text follows the same ABAB pattern through its entirety, which makes it a little dull. Some of the word choices, like "perambulating," ma

Vertiginoso descenso de una suerte de Cocoliso avant-la-lettre por una calle inclinada arramblando con todo a su paso, Tratándose de un libro en formato especial, la versión para Kindle debe tener su gracia.

Read this one on a humid afternoon and it kept me thoroughly happy and entertained for those few minutes. Love the idea of the book being slant. I particularly enjoyed the illustrative style and the way the tale was woven into a rhyme.

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