As much as it pains me, I Wonder by Marian Bantjes is a book that should not be put on an iPad. Justice would not be served viewing it on screen. Going through the book yesterday I realized pretty quickly that I’m going to do this review in two parts. This first part is going to be about my reaction to the book and the second part will be after I actually read it. I’m going to be taking some time off soon and want to spend some quality time with the book.
I was struck that while making notes that my first four bullet points had the word feel in it. It’s appropriate in so many ways. Before opening it I felt I needed to wash my hands. I sort of wish that it had a special box to contain it. Turning the pages was an activity in joy. I loved the weight and the embossing of the front and back covers.
The book starts off with a bang and continues for quite some time. From just a pure visual point of view there’s a lot to explore though until I fully read it I’ll have to hold off on commenting on the entire pace. From a personal perspective my favourite series was the set of explorations from the street signs from Saskatoon. I’m from there and had to put up with them until high school. If my memory serves me correct they’re also in Edmonton too. Aside from being familiar with the sign and colour I liked how she took something that was pretty bad, deconstructed it and built it back up into something kind of cool. Plus the narration fits with it.
Going through a book like this is something special. I could have easily uploaded a ton more images but I think a book like this should be experienced first hand with out a ton of images that will surely be floating on the web soon. I’d like to thank Kim at The Monacelli Press for passing along a review copy. It’s a book that once released is going to do phenomenally.