Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book

Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book Review

There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen. Complementing the art is a delightful rhyming text full of simple questions and fun, nonsense replies: Can you gallop like a horse? giddyup-a-loo! Can you strut like a rooster? cock-a-doodle-doo!

Every child who opens the book will be amazed—and so will every parent.

Title:Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book
Edition Language:English

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    Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book Reviews

  • karen

    i dont care if we ever find an alternative source of fuel or cure epilepsy - as long as we use technology to make fun books like this. forever....

  • Kathryn

    So much fun!!! "Moving" pictures in a book!!! This is a new generation of pop-up/lift-the-flap type books and I look forward to more. Throughout the pages, cats leap, eagles fly, horses gallop all acc...

  • Manuela

    We read the Portuguese version.Mommy: 5 stars. Fun little book. Good for practicing Portuguese with the kids.Leila: 5 stars. I wanna keep it in my bookshelf. There was a dog in there. (What was it doi...

  • Gina

    The text is kind of silly - a slender thread for stringing the pictures together - but the moving images are so riveting that the kids don't mind. ...

  • Mahrya

    Seder, Rufus Butler, Gallop!, Workman Publications, 2007, 12 pgs, scanimation board book.Description: Using simple illustrations of animals overlaid with a sheet of striped acetate, Seder gives the an...

  • Tattered Cover Book Store

    I LOVE this book--I've been known to spend excessive amounts of time flipping through it over and over again! It was last year's holiday gift to all the tots in my life.JackieLiz says:Everyone that se...

  • Julia

    Alright I fell in love with this book due to the scanamation so I won't even pretend. It is new and weird enough to catch the eye of adult or child although my young niece finally got tired of it. The...

  • Annette

    My 2-year-old really likes the moving pictures in this book. The text is nothing to write home about, but it's obviously not the point of the thing. We picked it up at a library book sale and it was a...

  • Kristen

    I used to love the "magic pictures" book I had when I was little. These Scanimation books are so neat, and O really likes it. The only drawback is that the book itself isn't very durable for the very ...

  • Jackie

    I gave this book to just about everyone this past Christmas. I found it impossible to stop playing with--it's so unique and clever!...