What you see is NOT what you get! Imagine bats and birds that look likd faces. Macabre skulls that appear on anything white. Three donkeys that at first glance appear perfectly normal, but have only three ears among them. And walls that disappear . . . Nothing is as it seems and first impressions are just that--impressions, not the truth.
Examine drawings, some of them from designs hundreds of years old, that fool the eye into believing a flat surface is three-dimensional, that coils are rolling from left to right across the page, and that white spaces are flashing at you--plus more. Find out about closure, lines of perspective, the Rubin Vase, and how such concepts and techniques can help you untangle these fascinating tricks of eye and mind.
Great fun--a good party break-the-ice tool/toy.
My son loved this book when he was about 8, and read it over and over again. The illusions are fascinating for kids and adults, and really help exercise observation and reasoning skills in an entertaining way.
As an elementary school librarian, I can't keep this book on the shelf! My students of ALL ages love it, and although it is eye candy, I think it is an especially useful tool around testing time. It gives the other side of their brains a massage, and all the while, they think they are having fun!
I highly recommend having a copy around for those that think they "hate" books.