After finally finding a copy of another Leonardo Da Vinci pop up book and falling in love all over again, I... might have gone on a little pop up shopping spree. 3 of the 4 I bought arrived today and I started with this one.
It's beautiful; it's hard to tell from the cover here, but that center image is a piece of paper art, set into a shadow box, so the front cover is about an inch or so thick. The layout is so very nicely done and the writing was good - I'd even go so far as to say it's more slanted towards an older audience, rather than children.
The text focuses on Da Vinci's work outside of the art he's so justifiably famous for. Each page is devoted to warfare, architecture, flight, machines and robotics.
The pop-ups are less elaborate than some, but still gorgeous:
Highly recommended for pop up fans and the art loving inner child.
Which is a very fancy way of saying "Pop-up Book".
Chalk it up to a pop-up deprived childhood if you'd like but I'm a grown woman who loves pop up books. I've also had life long fascination with Da Vinci because he was a genius artistically and scientifically, putting him in a class of his own.
So, a Da Vinci pop-up book? Yes, please! I heard about this one years ago and have been on the lookout for it ever since. I lucked out and it arrived earlier this week and I can't stop looking at it.
I finally actually read all 12 pages today; the writing is skewed towards 10 year olds, if I had to guess, but who cares? It's beautiful! It pops up!