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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Pop-Up Book Hardcover – October 7, 2008

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"The idea of combining a graphic novel with pop-ups is brilliant." -Robert Sabuda
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Pop edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140275776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402757761
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in 1978, Sam Ita grew up in a small town near the Canadian border. He studied graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After working as a petticab driver and luggage salesman, Sam eventually answered a classified ad in the Village Voice, which led to his first paper engineering job.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joya Beebe on November 10, 2010
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My boys, then 6 and 4, got this for Christmas last year, along with another pop-up by another author that was for younger kids, which they mostly ignored. They love this one, especially the older one, now 7. He wants it over and over, and now reads it himself, even though it's more for older kids (length & vocabulary wise). Based on this book, they've also wanted to watch the movies of it, and now they have their dad do the movie voices while reading it.

The book has some really impressive pop-ups. It's not a fast read, but is about as brief as it can be while still hitting all the main points of the story. Occasionally it's a little tricky to figure out the order in which to read/lift/read, but this is minor.

I highly recommend it for children to grown-ups.

My older son says, "Whoever made it was a really good pop-up artist, and what made me think of this is that huge whirlpool with all the boats - it's really funny."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Morton Friedman on October 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful example of a graphic novel greatly enhanced by pop-ups. There is only one real moveable, an opening iris; a great, flailing octopus; an undulating ocean; and other fun pop-ups, from tiny rowboats to large submarines. A great addition for collectors and book lovers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Britt on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ditto what other's have said about how good this book is. Two aspects struck me: One, it stands out from pretty much all other pop-up books because it combines graphic novel (AKA "comics") techniques with pop-ups. Two, if you are interested in making your own pop-up books, this one offers many impressive examples that do not use remarkably complex techniques. In looking at how assorted scenes were constructed I was surprised to see that, in many cases, they used v-folds and scenery flats (albeit in well-designed ways) plus some joints, to do quite a lot. (Compare this to the Star Wars pop-up which struck me as harder to reverse engineer.)

If you've read some books on pop-up construction, and understand the assorted core mechanics and techniques, and want to see some more sophisticated examples you can pluasible copy and experiment with, get this book. (Of course, if you just like well-done pop-up books then you should also get this book. :) )
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Richman on January 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We have enjoyed viewing this book . The pop-ups come up with no problems and the detaikls are great. We have use the book to entertain our grand children. They all seemed to enjoy tihis experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Korzeniewski on April 5, 2009
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The book has impressive pop-ups. The story is a little hard to follow around all the layers that fill your eyes.
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