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Inseparable as they fly far beyond the imagination, Wersba's lyrics and Palladini's pictures [in Twenty-Six Starlings Will Fly Through Your Mind] seem like the creation of one astonishingly gifted person…. The paintings and powerful drawings mesh perfectly with the poetry to describe characteristics inherent in the shape of each letter, not just words they embrace; to combine letters in harmonies and dissonances; and to use nouns and verbs and adjectives that stretch the mind, never the predictable or simple term. The book is a revelation, a treasure for adults too.

A review of "Twenty-Six Starlings Will Fly through Your Mind," in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 218, No. 6, August 8, 1980, p. 83.


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