i am not going to make this book review about how i am tired, hung-over, & fussy! instead i will explain that the book under discussion is quite good! i knew i should read it, forgot about it, remembered it, failed to realize that part of why it was lodged in my brain was because it had been sitting on my bookshelf from when jenny picked it up, & finally, gorgeously, remembered to read it. (you don't know it, but right now? right now at this break between sentences? i just stepped away from the computer to be hassled by work. not in like a "doing my job gets in the way of my internet time!" sort of way, in a much more "this unholy trauma of employment must be dealt with, & also i am very exasperated" fashion.) so, it took my interest in automata to get me to crack this bad guy open, but really i think it was much more a movie about cinema than it was about anything else, though to be fair, the clockwork shit is well in hand. i award the antikythera medal of commendation!
the use of pictures was very interesting, but i will say this: i think i have become a fan of the awkward, ugly book. books that barely fit on shelves, that deviate from the usual size & format. i didn't mean to become that guy, but while i read this, i kept getting very annoyed at the spine of the book getting in the way of double page spreads. this really is an interesting use of the graphic format, & i can't decide if it is unique to the book or if kids books have been doing it for a while, but when i was a children's book reader, i was just less informed about comics. regardless, i like it, & i was interested in seeing it employed here. dude, it is a book about magicians, automata, thieves, & the early days of cinema, for kids. awesome. thanks brian for teaching kids about film as art, & about clockwork wonders in the bargain.