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Brooklyn Pops Up Hardcover – September 1, 2000

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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New York's Brooklyn is a wondrous composite of legends and history. Settled in 1636, Brooklyn has attracted a wide variety of ethnic groups over the centuries, and the resulting diversity in style and culture gives Brooklyn a flavor all its own. Brooklyn Pops Up was created to celebrate the special spirit of this place. From the Brooklyn Bridge to the Grand Army Plaza to Coney Island, a dozen illustrators and paper engineers such as Maurice Sendak, Robert Sabuda, Carla Dijs, and David A. Carter bring the magic of Brooklyn to vibrant life. Giant green leaves in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden fold back to reveal happy frolicking critters--a honey-sucking bee, a nut-nibbling squirrel, and several hide-and-seeking children. The Prospect Park Carousel bursts out of the pages, with ecstatic children riding marvelously decorated horses. Even the cover boasts an interactive scene by Sendak; readers slide a flap from side to side to make famous Brooklynite Walt Whitman emerge from his own book, while two children clutch it affectionately. Each two-page spread includes a few paragraphs about the subject at hand: Learn the strange, ill-fated history of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Discover how the beautiful, quintessential Brooklyn brownstones came into existence.

Whether from Brooklyn or Borneo, readers will enjoy lifting flaps and popping open pages in order to visit this city of stories. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689840195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689840197
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delightfully colorful whimsy. Beautifully designed by an array of talented artists, including Maurice Sendak, specialists in pop-up engineering and all the pieces lovingly put together in Ecuador. My favorite? Two pages topped with old postcard letters-- "CONEY ISLAND." The beach front is covered with mini-bathers frolicking in and out of the water while the rollercoaster rolls by and the ferris wheel spins. There's a great boardwalk and everything that you could want at Coney Island. The only thing missing from the scene is Nathan's. There's an amazing Brooklyn Bridge, and lots of information for all ages about the history of that special borough....
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It is really nice to see a resurgence of such childhood favorites as the "pop-up" book. Truly the first multimedia toys, these books add a new dimension (pun most certainly intended) to the written word.
What a wonderful way to introduce children and adults alike to the cultural Mecca that is Brooklyn. I loved this book so much, not only did I buy it for my library's children's collection, but I also bought a copy for myself.
Highly, highly recommended!
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Each foldout page in this book was designed by a different person. Sometimes they're disappointing as pop-ups, but there are some bright moments. The cover by Maurice Sendak allows you to see behind it into how the movements are made. The brownstones page is silly, with stupid bug cartoons everywhere. The library is really disappointing, with no real focus and no real view of what the building looks like. The art museum is just lovely, and is probably the best -- but then, it's by Sabuda (my favorite pop-up artist)! The botanic garden could have been the most colorful and beautiful page -- instead, it's childish and dull. The carousel is fun, with horses popping out at you. The Brooklyn Bridge is nice, but the flavors of Brooklyn are worthless. Coney Island is fun, with a rotating Ferris wheel. The book comes in a handy-dandy re-sealable plastic cover. So if you're fond of Brooklyn this will be a really nice memento. But I do NOT recommend it for reading out loud to children.
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I bought this book for my young nephew, so he would see where his Auntie was from, even if he couldn't come visit. At 2-1/2, he is a bit young/brutal for the fragility of a pop-up book (even though this one is decently strong). I'm confident that if my nephew was a bit older, he might be able to appreciate the sentimental purpose with which I gave him this book.

The pop-ups bring Brooklyn to life, highlighting the Botanic Gardens, Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, and more. We played "peekaboo" with the kids hiding in the Gardens. We counted the ships sailing beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and we pretended to eat the Coney Island hotdog before giving the ferris wheel a spin. Really cute book for a kid, or an adult who likes pop-up books!
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There's an old saying that you can take a girl out of Brooklyn, but you can't take Brooklyn out of a girl. I was raised there, went to Brooklyn College (before open enrollment), and mourned when the Dodgers left town. This book brings back fond memories, in a fun and whimsical way.
This is a welcome addition to my pop-up book collection! Enjoy!
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