The Dragon and the Knight by Robert Sabuda
This new pop up book by Sabuda, a master of the form, is very child friendly. While I admired his remakes of the classics like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, those books spoke more to adults than to children. This new book is perfect to share aloud with a child who will enjoy a romp through different fairy tales. A knight starts chasing a dragon through different stories including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood. Each page opens to a different scene that pops open showing the characters of the story created out of the pages of their book. Entirely clever, quick reading and worthy of revisiting again and again.
Sabuda’s art in creating pop up designs will astound young readers. Two pages in particularly are stunning. There is the entire gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel that pops into being in 3D complete with awnings, windows, door and chimney. Another amazing page is Little Red Riding Hood where the trees pop into a woods that has different dimensions and lots of height. Readers will also enjoy the little reveal at the end as the knight takes off HER helmet.
As always, pop up books aren’t really for very small children, but this is one of those that could be shared carefully with preschoolers who will love the detail and the incredible joy of the format. Appropriate for ages 4-9.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon & Schuster.
B Is for Box by David A. Carter
With the happy little box on the cover smiling at you, this book is impossible not to want to open and explore. It is made all the more enticing by being a David Carter pop-up book. Happily this alphabet pop-up does not disappoint. Done in a simple style, the pop-up features are mostly about pulling tabs or turning wheels. There is a small finale at the end, but don’t expect large elaborate pop-ups in this little book. Instead they are just right for small hands to explore and not damage. Built of heavy paper stock, this pop-up would make a good one to start small children on the wonders of books that turn into 3D.
Carter’s text is has a lively lilt to it and carries nicely throughout the alphabet. There are no huge surprises here in the text, the delight mainly comes from the pop-ups, the tabs and the levers. Though simple, they have a strong appeal, just as opening the flaps on the pages do too.
Careful toddlers will enjoy this book that will dance them through the ABCs with ease. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Little Simon.
Hide and Seek by David A. Carter
My confession of the day is my love for pop-up books. It is exacerbated by my younger son’s equally adoration for them. That means that I have a small voice in my head pleading to open the pop-ups as soon as we get them, and then my son pipes in too. So I gave in and in this pop-up discovered a wonderful, colorful world to explore. Carter has created a landscape of objects to explore, ranging from black and white to wild punches of color that create a skyscraper. He manages to make a book that invites children to move things and look closely, but will also appeal to the aesthetics of adults. I just opened the book in my office and immediately had co-workers around my desk interacting with it.
Just as with most delicate pop-up titles, this book will not withstand being circulated in a library. But if you have a young pop-up fan at home the way I do, this would make a grand holiday gift or a great pick for a long holiday drive.
Appropriate for ages 4-7 (and adults).