Palazzo Inverso

Mauk is an apprentice to a master architect and builder. When he gets to the site, he realizes that the building has been built in a topsy-turvy way… and the Master has realized that it was Mauk who mucked the plans! In a nod to M.C. Escher, all of the illustrations can be viewed both right side and up and upside down, and the rest of the story consists of watching Mauk’s headlong flight home and away from the Master.

Things are not always at they seem, and this book shows that the best. The inversion of the story tells a completely different tale, and students listening and looking at the book can see how at first, we sympathize with Mauk and demonize his terrible master, only to find out that truly, it is Mauk who is the manipulator.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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