John S. Goodall ~ Atheneum, 1975
Another wonderful half page flip book from John S. Goodall. Mine is a '98 reprint of the original, but it didn't lose any of the WOW power I remember from childhood. Again, our heroes are mice and the action finds them wandering into a strange castle only to be locked in by a mysterious rat. Drawn to pass through spooky room after spooky room, the pair finally escape and get revenge on their red tormentor. The story is told without words on full and half pages that turn to reveal hidden action within. I included a few of the sequences here.
I loved these books when I was little. Their pages offered such excitement and grace. Their delicate English creatures always intriqued me, and I never tired of mulling them over, breathless and excited with each page turn. My son feels the same way, all these years later. How cool is that?
The Sleeping Beauty
An Edwardian Christmas