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One of the most delightful and innovative pop-up books I have ever seen.--Robert Sabuda

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U...Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.
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“One of the most delightful and innovative pop-up books I have ever seen.” ―Robert Sabuda

“* As stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform... A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Love at first sight. Charming, witty. A winner, WILL be a classic.” ―Ed Emberley

“An absolute delight.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“ABC3D is cool in any language, a great conversation piece, and an even greater present.” ―Twelve Ten

“Does for paper what Claymation did for mud. It's a three-dimensional, interactive, cinematic treat for the littlest fingers right up to the oldest eyes, easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade. It's virtually impossible not to find something to manipulate, admire, chuckle over or just plain play with between the holographic covers of this visual feast... Beyond clever, it's a whole new way for young learners to see both the connections and differernces as well as for adults to rediscover the magic that lurks below the everyday. ” ―The Washington Post

“From the lenticular cover to the jazzy use of a red, white and black color scheme, this hand-size French alphabet book is as stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform. As the reader turns the page, the curves of the letter B slide out from a column thinly striped in red: they appear as narrowly spaced concentric arcs, creating an almost hypnotic effect. C flips over to become the curve of D; G goes from upright to prone-but then tricks the eye again; and on and on...A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages.” ―Publishers Weekly starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Nov Pop edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ISBN 1596434252 - When I first looked at this book, it was marked with a "Reading Level" of 9-12. It is now marked "Baby-Preschool". I think both are wrong, for different reasons and think the right age group is more like 3-100.

Yes, there really are just 26 letters in the entire book (discounting the copyright page in back). And, yes, you can see the entire book - every last letter - in the video on the Amazon listing. But even that, a full preview, hardly does the book justice. Until you've held it in your hands and opened each page a few times, you'll never really "get it".

While there are a million pop-up books out there, I've never seen any other quite like this one. Each letter comes into view in a unique way, so that you can never really be prepared for what's on the next page.

Whether you're buying it as a gift or not, the protective sheets that are inside should be removed and the pages carefully opened, to loosen them a little, before you sit down to enjoy it or box it up to wrap; some of the "pop" in the pop-ups is a little tight at first. Very young children will probably do a bit of damage to the book, so I'd keep it away from them when they're alone. Older children and adults will find the mechanics of some of the pop-ups fascinating, turning even grown men into ooo-ing and aah-ing kids. Learning, teaching, and reading the alphabet has never, ever, been this attractive before!

- AnnaLovesBooks
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My husband opened up this book and immediately became protective of it! He wanted to keep it just for himself. Our 3 and 5 year old daughters couldn't wait to see it. But, this is really a book for ages 6 and up. ABC3D is not a child's ABC book by any means. It needs to be handled delicately and some of the letters are not easy to see for a child under 5. My children couldn't discern the u, j, and i. For me (as an adult), the U was really eye catching. It is a book of art that would best be enjoyed by adults and older children for the simplicity of its designs.
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This book shows you that thinking outside the "box" can truly be illustrated so inventively here that not only will any age enjoy it,
but it makes you reflect. This small book is a great coffee table book, great for a small group show n tell and great just to
relax with from time to time. What I enjoyed about the book is that seeing the transformation of the letters in various formats makes one think about life's options. When you look at something, letters or anything else , how many different ways can it be reinvented- repurposed, effectively and creatively. I enjoyed how the letters are morphed so that they have a fluidity and a beauty to them. I think this book is great for the elementary teacher who is teaching penmanship to add a little whimsy to learning. Great for the art teacher or fashion instructor whose trying to get the students to look at other creative options. If your are creative I think it could even be used as the back drop for a good bed time story for parents to use with kids to show them creativity as well. If your not into being creative visually, the book definitely will show you that if you put your mind to it, you've got so many more options than the old standards. Look around in your world and see it differently.
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The book is unique in a sense that I have never seen a pop-up book like that. It is visually a remarkable piece of innovation. Pop-up itself is not new, it is just that this is really well thought out book. What I mean is that the 3D image of Alphabet letters stick to your mind. So that the kids (targeted ages 4 through 8) can visually and spatially (in 3-D) learn the alphabet letters -- stimulating brain activity. In sum:
1. The book is about the Alphabet letters (no words, just letters) -- covering "A" to "Z" in a pop-up presentation. The unique feature is that Alphabet letters pop up in 3-D and it is artistic.
2. My kids (ages 3 & 5) love the book. They pull the pages to see the transformation the letters are making. It is quite well done. You could tell that kids find it interesting. They try to figure out how and why the letters pop up!!!
3. Pages are sturdy, but they are not stitched, but glued. It will fall apart in time.
4. The cover has holographic letters, so when you shift the book, the letters change.
5. The book is indeed for ages 4-8. My daughter who is 3 years old, almost ruined the letter "G" -- meaning she did something, and the book wouldn't close. But it is fixable. My son (5 years old) on the other hand, carefully uses the book.

All in all, it is a fine book. Your kids would like it, but most of all, learn the letters in a stimulating way.
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Pop-up books don't work that well for children. It is a rare child who can be trusted alone with one, and they all want to use them by themselves -- who wouldn't? There is no coolness like the coolness of a pop-up book. For someone who writes, they can be the avatar of the goal -- to have things leap off the page for the reader.

When you reduce what makes pop-up books amazing to the least common denominator, you have ABC3D. Here, magically alive, moving and turning and changing, are the operative agents of literature -- letters. They have depth and shape. They have character.

ABC3D makes you remember all over again how and why you first fell in love with words. You can get it for a kid who's at that point in their life, and sit with them to enjoy it -- or you can get it for you.

Really. You can.
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