Yipes Stripes!

Pajamarama Carnival by Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand, with help from Frédéric Rey. Thames & Hudson, 2017. 9780500651254.

Pajamarama Fever by Michaël Leblond and Frédérique Bertrand, with help from Frédéric Rey. Thames & Hudson, 2017. 9780500651155.

In Pajamarama Carnival, a boy goes to bed in his striped pajamas and dreams of flying over and through a carnival. In Pajamarama Fever, the same boy has bizarre dreams because he has a fever, but his parents save him from the scary parts. Both books come with a striped screen to move over the abstract illustrations, which makes gears turn, spots race across the page, colors change and flash, and tendrils wiggle. Carnival requires the screen to be held perfectly straight for the illusions to work, while Fever lets you tilt the screen for even crazier effects.

Will today’s kids with their interactive tablet books and animated gifs and whatnot enjoy mechanically produced optical effects? Yes! These books are really fun to play with, and the effects are not obvious before you use the screen, so each one is a surprise. And I think there could be a pretty significant secondary market for these books — adults who like to induce particularly relaxed and awe-filled states of mind (totally legal in Washington State).

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