Great books popping up all over

Books -January 2005


Judy Belanger


I always have been intrigued by pop-up books. Now they are getting more intricate and are filled with finer detail. New books contain fascinating pictures that can be enjoyed by all ages while presenting favorite classic stories. Many pages have fragile parts that require adult supervision to ensure they survive to be enjoyed for many years.

THE MAGICAL POP-UP WORLD OF WINNIE THE POOH, by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Andrew Grey, Dutton Books, $24.99; ages 4-8.

The colorful pop-up pages depict five familiar episodes from the Pooh stories. To see all five scenes at once, open the book and place it on a table or dresser. Pull out the tab on the bottom of each page to read about the scene—and to make the characters move. The pages include: Pooh stuck in the entrance to Rabbit’s house, Pooh trying to float up to the honey in the tree with the help of a balloon, Tigger in the tree, Eeyore with his lost tail and Pooh with his friends dropping sticks from the bridge. This book is good for Pooh newcomers, who will get a good introduction to the Thousand Acre Woods, as well as fans who can enjoy seeing their favorite stories “pop up” in front of them.

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND: A POP-UP ADAPTATION, by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Robert Sabuda, Little Simon, $24.95; ages 4-10.

This classic tale literally unfolds as you turn the six pages. The story is included along the side of each page with fold-out sections and smaller pop-ups. The scenes show Alice in the garden ready to follow the White Rabbit with a pull-up box allows the reader to peek down the hole after Alice. The pages include her visit with the Duchess and the baby, Alice at the tea party with the Mad Hatter and the Rabbit and the croquet game with the Queen of Hearts. This version is a great way to introduce the story of Alice and fun for older children to watch as it unfolds. Robert Sabuda has also done The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and many other books in this format.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: A POP-UP BOOK, illustrated by Robert Sabuda, Little Simon, $26.95; all ages.

Most children learn this song in school, and it is now being sung more often and with more feeling. The book shows us the key spots from the Golden Gate Bridge, a paddle boat on the Mississippi River to Mount Rushmore. But the most impressive page is the last one, on which the Statue of Liberty pops up on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Other verses of the song are included in a little book found on the last page with smaller pop-ups of New York’s now-missing World Trade Center towers and an American eagle. Sabuda gives this classic anthem new meaning as he interprets the lines of the song with his intricate art work.

POPPING UP AROUND WALT DISNEY WORLD, by Jody Revenson, art and paper engineering by Tanya Roitman, Disney Editions, $24.95; all ages.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Then, check out this  book for the answers to many of the questions you will have as you venture through the theme parks. Each of the parks has one page in the book, while the fifth page refers to some of the other attractions, such as the Typhoon Lagoon water park. Each page includes questions and answers, general information and and interesting facts. For example, did you know that Walt Disney was born in Chicago? Or that the acronym Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow? Or that the license plate on the gangster car in the movie ride—number 021429—represents the date of Chicago’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? I’m sure older children and adults will enjoy the written portions of the book, while the young ones will have fun picking out their favorite attractions.

THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON: A POP-UP BOOK, by Stephen King, adapted by Peter Abrahams, illustrated by Alan Dingman, paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek, Little Simon, $24.95; ages 10 and up.

I have read many books by Stephen King and was surprised when this one arrived in the pop-up format, appropriate for children. It stars Trish McFarland, 9, who is hiking along the Appalachian Trail with her mom and older brother, Pete. Mom and Pete are arguing about Mom’s recent divorce. Trish leaves the trail to make a stop in the woods and becomes separated from her family. When night falls, she realizes she is lost. She has some food in her backpack, but her best company is her Walkman. She listens to her favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, while wearing her cap autographed by Tom “Flash” Gordon, her favorite player. There are some tense moments as she learns to survive in the woods—using a stone to cut the hood off of her jacket so she can use it to catch fish in a stream. Each page is counted off in innings, rather than chapters, and, like Flash, she is saved in the bottom of the ninth.

Judy Belanger is a retired elementary learning resource center teacher who lives with her husband in Addison. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. She continues to substitute in grades K-6 in the school where she taught.


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