Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ultimate Hidden Pictures on Halloween by Tony and Tony Tallarico

The 13 Words!: Ever wondered where Dracula would hide an umbrella? This book holds the answer.

The Creature from the Back Cover!: "Ultimate Hidden Pictures is the ultimate in hidden picture fun. And in Ultimate Hidden Pictures on Halloween there are so many things going bump in the night that the trick will be to find all of the treats."

The Facts that Attacked Mars!: Ultimate Hidden Pictures on Halloween was published in 2003 by Price Stern Sloan. Tony Tallarico (not sure which one out of the two listed on the cover as Tony and Tony) besides illustrating children's books, is also a comic book artist. He co-created Lobo which only lasted two issues (1965 and 1966). In 2006 he received the Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Comics and Books Industries from Temple University. The award recognized his creation of the first comic book to star an African American.

The Monster Speaks!: I've always loved hidden picture books. Though, I was never a huge Where's Waldo fan. Look for Lisa was always my favorite (and coincidentally was also illustrated by Tony Tallarico). My favorite part was never really finding the hidden pictures. I could sit for hours just looking at the scenes depicted. I would scan every inch of the drawings looking for funny and clever things. This book didn't disappoint. The depicted scenes were interesting and highly detailed and full of shout outs to classic horror movies and television shows.
I guess my only complaint is that I wish the illustrations were done in color, but even in black and white there is plenty of visual stimuli to keep someone busy.

What Lurks Between These Covers?

The Marvels!:

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Constance Parker said...

I've never been into "find the x" books, but those pictures are adorable!

Monster-Maniac said...

Love those things. I know it's for kids, but hey, they are cute. You've reminded me... I have one like this... I'll have to post :)

Tony said...

Glad you liked the book. I'm one of the Tonys of Tony & Tony Tallarico. Surprised to see this book as a blog discussion! Thanks for the kind words.