[Q] The Quick-Change Artist (Clown Putty Face) by Lothar Meggendorfer

19 Apr

In addition to Old Daniel, I found another interesting old book at the Natural History Museum while hunting around for Attic Adventures.

Clown Putty Face, the Quick Change Artist by Lothar Meggendorfer It was an interesting children’s picture book of poetry called Clown Putty Face, the Quick Change Artist by Lothar Meggendorfer (London: H. Grevel & Co.; New York: Frederick Stokes Company, 1900, first published in German in 1899).

Clown Putty Face, the Quick Change Artist by Lothar MeggendorferThis interactive book has a 3D clown face that sticks out all the way to the front cover. (Here you can see the foam donut it came with to protect the face):

It was actually one of the first books I cleaned and organized when I started volunteering at the Natural History Museum last year, so it has a special place in my heart, despite its creepy clay face…

With each page turn, the clown face is placed in a different scene to match the poem on the opposite page:

Clown Putty Face, the Quick Change Artist by Lothar MeggendorferV.
As Cyclist.
As cyclist now the clown we view
He looks as though he better knew
To mount the wheel than ride a horse
Past trees and fields he takes his course
And while we look and turn the leaf
A change is made for time is brief.

 

This post is my Blogging from A to Z entry for the letter Q.

One Response to “[Q] The Quick-Change Artist (Clown Putty Face) by Lothar Meggendorfer”

  1. Jemima Pett April 19, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    That’s fascinating. It always amazes me the intriguing ways in which people make picture books more interactive. I don’t remember anything more than pop-up books, so I have little to go on, mind🙂
    Nice to see you again.
    Happy A to Zing!
    Jemima at Jemima’s blog

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