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Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale Hardcover – October 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Pop edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416960791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416960799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 5—Sabuda gives this classic tale of reversals of fortune and true love found a lovely and lavish retelling. The story unfolds with detail and drama in numerous small-size booklets adorned by illustrations and petite pop-ups. The 3-D sculptures featured center stage include an intricate rendition of the Beast's nook-and-crannied castle, a face-to-face close-up of his ferocious visage, and a bird's-eye view of an elegantly laid-out meal shared with Beauty. Stylishly attired in his gentleman's clothing, the Beast boasts fierce-looking features, sharpened-to-a-point golden-hued teeth and claws, and a spectacular scale-covered tail. The shimmering colors, thick black lines, and use of patterned shapes suggest stained glass, a fitting style for the tale's regal pacing and formal tone. The visual effects are innovative (e.g., readers pull up and peek into accordion-style castle corridors that convey a sense of depth) while also incorporating the story's themes (rose motifs appear throughout). It is fitting that the climactic spread features Beauty embracing the Beast beneath a trellis of blooming garden greenery (kids will have to open the final fold-out to see her beloved in his human form). A fine choice for display and in-library perusal.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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From Booklist

In his latest artfully condensed version of a classic, paper-craft-pro Sabuda extends the familiar fairy tale into a moody 3-D romance that captures, in particular, the mystery and opulence of the Beast’s castle. On one spread, for example, the vast, turreted structure towers upward from the page, while below, folded paper tunnels pull out to convey its endless interior corridors and include a reflective panel, creating a house-of-mirrors effect that incorporates the viewer’s eye. As in previous titles, such as Peter Pan (2008), shrewdly designed mini books package the lengthy, smoothly phrased text. Another polished delight from a master craftsman. Grades 1-4. --Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

ROBERT SABUDA is the co-creator of the first book in this series, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. And he is the force behind many stunning best-selling pop-up books, including America the Beautiful, Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey. MATTHEW REINHART is the co-creator of ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. And he has created many other award-winning pop-up books, including the Young Naturalist's series, The Ark, Animal Opposites, and Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful pop-up book.
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I bought this when a local book store was going out of business and I am SO GLAD that I did!
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My granddaughter loves it!!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs D on October 21, 2010
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I bought my first Sabuda book (Alice in Wonderland) about 5 years ago and I have been in love with these books ever since. I now own several and my 5 year old daughter loves them just as much as I do. I pre-ordered this for Christmas and knew I didn't need to wait for a review to buy it. Just came in yesterday and bravo to Sabuda for making another masterpiece. There are some elements of other pop-ups we have come to know and love from his previous works, but also a few new elements. The beginning of the book has three accordian style pull-out view boxes you can look in to and actually see Beauty's father walking down mirrored halls in the beasts castle. Later on you open to Beauty and the Beast dining at a table right in the middle of the book. The final page has Beauty and the Beast in the middle of a magnificent rose garden with 3-D hedges and you lift a flap to transform the Beast to a prince. As if the stunning pop-ups aren't enough, I think the two other reasons I am so dedicated to his work is that he is so respectful of the original writings of the authors. This is the original store of Beauty and the Beast, not the Disney version. Secondly he has found a way to make pop-ups books worth reading. Pop-up books are notoriously light on the wording because the pop-ups required most of the space on the page. He has incorporated pages within the pages to make them worth seeing and worth reading! This is a great way to interest a young person in reading who otherwise might not like to read. This is a MUST HAVE for any lover of pop-ups like myself, or anyone who is in love with this tale of Beauty and the Beast!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Major West on November 14, 2010
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I purchased this from Amazon.com for my granddaughter. Upon receiving it, I found that quite a few of the pop-ups sequences were not working properly. For instance, the little tree in the foreground on page 1 is supposed to open up fully into a 3-dimensional tree. In my copy, the tree pops up...but is still flat. On page 4, there are supposed to be 4 pavilion columns that pop up. My copy only had three. Upon closer inspection I found that the fourth column was stuck behind one of the other columns. The table setting with Belle and the Beast is simply a mess - I couldn't get the table to fold out correctly at all. There are other irregularities but it would take up too much time explaining them here. I contacted the website of Robert Sabuda and his staff replied back that it is a manufacturing problem and that if I wanted a properly working pop-up book I should not order from Amazon.com but instead order straight from them or from a brick and mortar book store where I can make sure the book works properly before purchasing. I returned my copy to Amazon. I really like the book and have seen previews on how the pop-ups are supposed to work but since ordering from the Sabuda site is quite bit more expensive I guess I'll have to shop my local bookstores for a good copy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gayla J. Childers on November 16, 2010
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I got one of the very first of Mr Sabuda's new book, I pre-ordered it, and it is beautiful. But there is a production problem with one of the pages so that the pop-ups don't work correctly. I hope by now the manufacturer has corrected this. I have contacted Mr Sabuda and found out they are even more unhappy about this glitch than I am. This isn't my first Sabuda book but it is the first one I have with this problem. It makes me realize how much work he puts into his books to make them work so well. And I have made a few pop-ups, nothing like what you will find in a Sabuda book, but enough to know how much work it takes to make even the most simple pop-up work right. So I would still recommend this book and hope that you would get one of the corrected books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JulieT on November 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First, pardon my English, I am a native speaker of French. A great fan of Sabuda's work (I have bought about 15 books from him), I have purchased this book as soon as it came on the market. Living in Switzerland, I have no possibility to purchase it at a local store but order it online. I was quite confident, as I very much appreciated all his previous books, especially the "Alice in Wonderland" one. Well, I am very very much upset with this one.

The drawings and the paper engineering is awesome, with lots of interesting mechanisms. Alas, it has not been manufactured properly at all. I must point out that my book is a brand new one and that I have received it in its original unopened plastic enveloppe protection.

Only the first 2 pages are ok, then the following ones are nice to watch, but with plenty of manufacturing (or conception?) defects. Here is an non exhaustive list of what I have noticed:
- the Best's Castle panorama: one of the building gets stuck and does not unfold completely (the rear tower got bent), the other one on the right does not come out either
- the monster's face: it was torn on its basis and the right ear does not "pop" at all as the articulation and the pink "feather" is damaged.
- the banquet table: it is a shame, it was so badly stuck on the paper (the feet of the table were too short and stuck at the wrong places) that it does not unfold completely at all and the Beast's face looks like... well, nothing close to a Beast's face, with glue prints all around and a piece that was not stuck anymore though it should have been.
- the small sections: they were not better at all. For instance, the one with the chicken could not unfold properly either and the chicken's head do not pop out from their crate.
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