This board book offers plenty of creepy shivers when you take a normal sort of already frightening creature and then extend the flap. This one is not for the littlest children, though it is in board book format. It’s preschoolers and elementary-aged children who will love the wild and scary nature of the flaps opening. You may think that a bat is already pretty scary, but extend its jaws and find how sharp and huge its teeth really are. The ghost is pretty blank until you lift its head higher and discover a skeleton and some bloody spurts underneath. The wolf has a jaw that opens wider and wider, displaying a skeletal Little Red Riding Hood inside!
The words take a firm back seat to the art in this bold book with each double-page spread filled with a solid-colored background that really lets the sinister art stand out. The book is a blend of silliness and scariness, with the first flap the most surprising as they all open much wider than readers expect. Expect a mix of giggles and gasps as children explore this one.
Not for the faint of heart, readers must take their own hands directly into the jaws of the beasts to see the surprises. Appropriate for ages 5-7.
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.
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.
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.