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Double takes

from FLOTSAM by David Wiesner

We saw the 40th anniversary release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind* this weekend, which seemed like a great end-of-summer thing to do. I swear that movie has been cut differently every time I’ve seen it, but I was once again thrilled to see one of my favorite shots in cinema: that early scene where you think you are seeing some far-off hills in a dust storm but the introduction of headlights into the view makes you realize that the hills are ruts in a road, much closer than you had thought. It’s a wonderful re-orienting visual trick, one that Spielberg uses a few more times in the film. I’m trying to think of picture book artists who like to play with the same effect–David Wiesner, Barbara Lehman, Istvan Banyai. Who else? I see that Calling Caldecott is back in session so maybe those good ladies and gentlemen can help think of some more.

*Eldergay points to anyone who remembers Bette Midler’s Roman Polanski joke.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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