A narrated, illustrated children’s book about things one would never tell a child, where children’s toys are placed in cityscapes, highways, and crossroads.
What are the things we don’t tell children, sometimes with good reason? I explored this idea with a children’s book that is not meant for children (don’t let the childish Comic Sans font fool you!). By placing colorful children’s toys in stark, concrete, and gruesome urban landscapes, I highlight the juxtapositions between inside and outside space, and between truth and cushioning.
This World is accompanied by a sound track that reads the book out loud, with a “ding” to indicate when to turn the page. This mirrors the cassette tape-read-along style popular with children’s books in the 1980s. I am continually fascinated by methods to mediate reading experiences, and the sound track paces a reader in a way otherwise unavailable with text alone.
This project was inspired by a baby figurine found on a curb in Providence, RI.