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review 2017-02-09 09:29
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega Beasts
Encyclopedia Prehistorica - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart

The last of my pop-up book splurge, Mega Beasts is almost every bit as good as the Dinosaurs edition created by the same pop up artist team.


The same incredible level of paper art, the same solid writing; my only complaint is sometimes the spectacular paper art actually blocks the text, making it difficult to read without some maneuvering.  Otherwise, an awesome example of its kind.


Once again, MT provided a hand (or two) for the picture taking portion of this review:


King Kong wasn't just a myth y'all!


It was depressing to learn just how many creatures lived for ages without natural predators... until man came along.


My personal favourite spread.  Of course.  :)



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review 2017-02-03 08:17
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart

(This is going to be a picture intensive post.)


I've only just come out of the pop-up book closet, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say I've found the best pop-up books out there.  The first one being Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs.


This pop up book is extravagant; there's no other word for it.  Most pop up books save the best for last, a grand finale on the last page to leave you with a "wow" at the end.  Every page of this book is a grand finale page.  If the center image doesn't impress (although I can't imagine why it wouldn't), each page spread has small inset pages, and these contain pop up images too; of of these inset pages have more pages with more pop ups in them.


The intricate and sometimes delicate construction of these pages, as well as the writing, seems geared towards an older child, say 10-12 years old.  The writing is informative, and there are pronunciation guides for each of the dinosaurs.  Best of all, at the end, the authors devote an inset mini-book to why the dinosaurs disappeared; they offer several of the prevailing theories without giving weight to one over the other, ending with we don't know why they disappeared for certain.  Responsible writing - I love it.


So here are the pictures (I could not pick out just a couple, so there are a lot of them here):


A typical page:

Each of those bits in the corners is another pop up:

Some of them have multiple pages of small pop-ups:


(on the left is a multi page mini popup and the right side is a mini pop up page with flaps that open up on either side with more popups.)


This one gives an idea of the scale; not only of the dinosaur (with the man and elephant) but of the art itself.


For the T-Rex fans out there:


My only complaint is that each of those mini pages are held down with a photo-corner type thing.  They do need to be held down, and I can't think of a better way to do it, but the corners require the reader to slightly bend the pages to get them in and out; over time and use, that's going to weaken the paper.


Saying that though, I can't recommend this book too much; it's fabulous.  Kids and adults alike will find something to ooh and ahh over.  MT has already asked if he could take it to work to show the guys; admittedly he is in the printing business but I don't think there's anyone out there that won't find much here to be impressed with.



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review 2017-02-01 10:35
Creatures of the Deep
Creatures of the Deep: The Pop-up Book - Ernst Haeckel,Maike Biederstaedt

Another of my pop up book shopping binge.  There's no text, just three dimensional renderings of some of the images created by Ernst Haeckel, doctor, biologist and naturalist in the late 19th and early 20th century.


Stunning and beautifully constructed.


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review 2017-02-01 10:23
Leonardo da Vinci's Remarkable Machines
Leonardo da Vinci's Remarkable Machines - David Hawcock

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.

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review 2014-12-20 08:37
'Twas The Night Before Christmas (or, A Visit From St. Nicholas)
The Night Before Christmas - Niroot Puttapipat,Clement C. Moore

A classic, and a personal favorite of mine as a child.


This gem is the result of me trying to Christmas shop for others in a bookstore.  I did get Christmas presents for everyone; I just included myself in the "everyone". 


The book's illustrations are block-print style and the cutouts are beautifully done and cleverly positions to make the most of the illustrations.  The very last page has an intricate, delicate, pop-up display of Santa and his reindeer over the city skyline.  I absolutely love it.


You're just never too old for pop-up books.

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