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Jim Curious (Book) Review

 
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A whimsical tale told with eye popping 3D illustrations.

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There are no words in this book, only illustrations.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea” Jim Curious is an interesting take on the traditional children’s picture book. “Written” by graphic artist Matthias Picard, it is a book that contains no words. Instead, pictures tell the story of a young boy in a cool old diving suit who sets out on a trip […]

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Posted February 24, 2014 by

 
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“A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea”

Jim Curious is an interesting take on the traditional children’s picture book. “Written” by graphic artist Matthias Picard, it is a book that contains no words. Instead, pictures tell the story of a young boy in a cool old diving suit who sets out on a trip deep into the ocean. As he sinks deeper and deeper, the boy uncovers a variety of treasures and creatures ranging from schools of fish and giant octopi to toothy sharks and a sunken ship. What he finds when he reaches the bottom of the ocean serves well to pique the imagination and ends the trip on a whimsical note.

While I do agree that a story can be told with pictures, no words necessary, I generally tend to gravitate towards a more wordy story. In the case of Jim Curious, though, everything works in a way that words simply aren’t necessary. The boy’s emotions as he encounters treasures and trials under the sea are skillfully represented in the full page drawings that make up the book. What makes everything come alive is the fact that the book is presented in eye-popping 3-D. As schools of fish swarm, and whirls of water swirl, the scenes jump out of the page and make it all that more lifelike.

The book comes complete with two sets of 3-D glasses, making viewing with a friend (or parent) fun for all. I “read” through the book with a variety of children ranging in age from five to nine, and they were all pretty much captivated with the book. While I worried that especially the older ones would quickly tire of just looking at pictures, instead they asked to look through it again and again. No doubt the 3-D part was a hit, but they also really enjoyed the sketchy art style that captured life under the sea in a simple yet captivating way.

Jim Curious is a book for lovers of art, lovers of 3-D, and anyone who likes to try something just a little different. By using full page artwork in 3-D vision, Matthias Picard has told a complete story without a single word to be seen. It’s sure to be a favorite for the young explorers in your house.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)