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.
About Bing Xu
Xu Bing is one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists. Born in China, he lived in the U.S. for eighteen years and now resides in Beijing. He was the vice president of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts and has… More about Bing Xu
Hardcover | $18.99
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers Nov 07, 2017| 48 Pages| 9-1/2 x 11-1/2| 7-10 years| ISBN 9780451473776