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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully bound, 7 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Wave (Hardcover)
I don't normally write reviews but I felt the need to correct the opinions given out by the above reviews that have wrongfully interpreted the binding of this book as a error. It is quite clear to me and many other readers of the book I hope, that the cut off binding is entirely intentional and adds a great deal to the story. It is cleverly used to demonstrate a divide between the sea and shore. From the safety of dry shore the girl taunts the sea 'You can't get me' you can almost hear her say. The divide in the artwork with the cut off binding is used to reinforce this sense. Once the girl steps onto the other page and into the sea, she quite literally leaves her own safe space, again reinforcing our sense that she is now at the mercy of the wave. After much splishing and splashing the wave knows it is time to show the young girl what is what and chases her back onto her own side of the page where she feels momentarily safe only for the blue wave to spill its way onto her territory and cover the whole book. The girl is defeated but having been left little treats by the playful wave in the form of seashells she becomes quite fond of it. At the we see the artwork become a whole as the world of sand, sea, girl and wave play happily together.

Throughout the entire book the cut offs are used to strengthen the feeling of divide and coming together. By no means a mistake, the binding makes this book all the more beautiful.
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2012 12:33:46 BDT
Mumkey says:
I don't think so. The problem is clearly on the two tone printed pages only and includes cut in half seagulls, and the little girl's hand missing on one page - If it was purposeful it would make no sense to cut off her hand as it stretches out to interact with the sea. This is just an unfortunate binding error that the publishers will be waiting for reprint to correct.
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