Thirteen is no ordinary picture book. It is a book of visual and conceptual revolutions, metamorphoses, and narratives that swallow their own tails. In thirteen illustrated stories, plus “a preview of coming attractions,” nothing less than the birth of the world, its duration, death, and rebirth occurs in thirteen arresting and evolving tableaus, involving a sinking ship, a play, a leaf and caterpillar, a card trick, swans, a worm, Cinderella, the alphabet, paper magic, pyramids, a getting-thin-and-gettingfat- again dance, the fall and rise of civilization, and a countdown. This is not a book you read from beginning to end so much as one you enter into and are absorbed and transformed by, like the thirteen tableaus themselves.
Illustrated by: Remy Charlip and Jerry Joyner
Published by: New York Review of Books Children's Collection