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We're out Hardcover – 30 Sep 2013


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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: My Cardboard Books (30 Sept. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 095684426X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956844262
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,739,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philippa Rice is a huge hero of mine in her innovative approaches to storytelling and use of comics format, and I'm excited by the wide appeal this book has, to everyone from very young children to teenagers to grown-ups. Very occasionally a book will turn up that I end up buying over and over again and giving away as gifts because it's perfect for everyone, and We're Out is one of them.

Readers of all ages will find Rice's work hugely inspiring, because it's made up of everyday objects, which come to life: bits of cardboard and paper, sticking plasters, plastic spoons, pieces of sponge. Even thought it's sophisticated storytelling and beautiful crafting, it also gives us the feel that we could go away and tell our own stories with the things we find around us. While the characters in We're Out do face perilous situations - dodging giant feet on the pavement, a torn limb, not being able to go home - there's a genuine, infectious warmth and joy to the book that I've seldom seen achieved so successfully in comics or picture books.

Rice plays with dimensions in her book; the characters start out with cardboard Colin and paper Pauline listening to elderly Nanny tell stories about her journeys into other dimensions. They want to find out what it's like to visit the 3D world, and she urges them to get out there, and meets them when they arrive. At the very end of the book, it switches into 3D, complete with 3D glasses, suggesting a step into yet another dimension.

Of course, the book itself is 2D, but it makes the reader think about dimensionality, reminding me very much of a book from 1884 called 'Flatland: a Romance in Many Dimensions' by Edwin A. Abbott.
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