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

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

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 w...

  • 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 i...

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

  • 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....

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

  • Terrific artist.Not so terrific picturebook....

  • Beautiful art but otherwise unsuccessful. ...