Readers never see Henri’s face or that of any other character described in the story. Instead, Bass—a renowned graphic designer and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his work on title sequences for movies like Vertigo, North by Northwest, and The Man With the Golden Arm—cleverly incorporates the text into his artwork and uses ingenious design elements and contrasting saturated colors to fully engage the readers and hold their interest. It’s a pity that this is Bass’s only children’s book, but on the bright side, I’m glad Henri’s Walk to Paris is still in print so that generations more can appreciate its distinct charms.
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Sandra Lee Rella, mother of two budding bookworms, is a freelance editor and writer, and a former children’s book review editor.
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