Tuesday, September 3, 2013

[BOOK REVIEW] Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins

Title:  Changes, Changes

Author:  Pat Hutchins

Genre: Wordless / Humor / Toys

Year Published: 1971

Year Read: 2010

Publisher:  Aladdin Picture Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 3+  (Brief Scene of a Fire Hazard)

This is the second book that I have read from Pat Hutchins, the first book being “Rosie’s Walk” and this book is called “Changes, Changes.”  “Changes, Changes” is a wordless picture book that details the adventures of two toy figurines as they build their way into crazy situations.  “Changes, Changes” is an extremely creative book for children who love reading books about toys.

This is the first wordless picture book that I have read from Pat Hutchins and I have to tell you that the illustrations themselves have a positive effect on the story!  Pat Hutchins has done a great job at illustrating this book as the illustrations are extremely colorful and detailed.  I love the way that Pat Hutchins illustrates the toy figurines as small wooden people as they have long noses and large black eyes and look flat on the pages.  Also, Pat Hutchins mainly uses black, yellow, red, blue, green, orange, and gray colors in the illustrations which give the illustrations a simplistic yet creative look.  Even though there are no words in this book, the illustrations did a great job at explaining the story of how two toy figurines use their imaginations to create their needs through block building and each image details how the two toy figurines build various buildings and transportation to get them out of sticky situations or suit their needs, which is what I really enjoyed about this book.

“Changes, Changes” is truly one of the most original wordless picture books I have ever read since the two toy figurines build their way out of trouble on every page and children will definitely love the creativity that the toy figurines used to get out of tricky situations.  I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book and the book would be extremely simple for smaller children to read (or in this case, examine the illustrations).

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