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Graceland : An Interactive Pop-Up Tour Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Pop edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594741319
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 11.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. For fans without the ways or means to get to Memphis-or who just want to relive their last visit-pop-up master Murphy provides a scream-worthy up-close-and-personal desktop tour of Elvis Presley's famous Graceland estate in this brilliantly low-tech 3-D volume. Stuffed with photos, mementos-in-miniature and other goodies (including a wearable cardboard facsimile of Elvis's trademark sunglasses), this tribute to the King's castle features painstakingly engineered replicas of numerous Graceland sites, including the manse exterior, the living room and music room, the jungle room, TV room and meditation garden. The margins are stacked with insightful text and brief looks at other aspects of Elvis's home life, such as his Tiki furniture, his firearms collection and the U.S. Department of Justice badge he received from President Nixon, which made him an official federal narcotics officer. In her foreword, Elvis's daughter Priscilla shares his pride in the home, describing it as a place "where he felt comfortable, secure and happy"; this intricate, wholly absorbing collectible is sure to make the King's followers feel similarly, giving them a unique opportunity to enjoy Elvis's home from their own living room, jungle room or meditation garden.
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About the Author

Chuck Murphy has engineered dozens of pop-up books for children and adults. He lives with his wife, Cheryl, and their chocolate lab, Bosco, in Valley Glen, California. Priscilla Presley is an actress, author, and entrepreneur. She has been instrumental in the development of Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982.

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Elvis fans will love the inside look at his beloved home.
A Customer
It has great pop up pages that are interactive, such as a little photo album with pictures, or the kitchen page you can open the kitchen and cabinet doors.
Amie Burney-rhodes
Lots of information and the pop-ups were done pretty well.
Margurita Nita

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. McQueen VINE VOICE on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my grandma for Christmas, and it was the life of the party! She is a huge Elvis fan and has been to Graceland a couple of times with my aunt. They said the rooms in the book really looked as they did on the tour. There were apparently a couple of rooms that were not on the tour that are in the book (including the bedroom and kitchen). It starts with the outside of Graceland and goes through several rooms and there is also a scene of his gravesite.

The kitchen popup allows the "reader" to open the fridge and the cabinets to see what's inside, and the fridge is in 3-D when the doors are open so that you can see each shelf. Everyone who saw the book got a kick out of the idea of a popup book for adults.

The only thing that kept me from giving a full 5 stars was the fact that the pop-ups have to be folded carefully in order to keep them from bending, and once the cabinets and doors have been opened, it makes it a little harder to fold without bending the doors.

All in all, I think this a good book for Elvis fans, and I would recommend this for someone as a memoir of their trip to Graceland.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Borgenicht on November 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is no joke--the pop ups in GRACELAND truly bring Elvis's mansion to life, and let fans interact with the rooms and the contents of the house like never before. This book could easily have camped it up, but it doesn't--it just delivers on its promise. Elvis fans will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Summers on November 28, 2006
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OK, so most folks think of pop-up books as something for children...well, this book proves that pop-up books are awesome for adults too...especially Elvis fans! I've been to Graceland twice and found this book to be great fun and a beautiful reminder of an unforgetable trip to the home of Elvis Presley. Lots of great information and pictures and the pop-up rooms are very authentic looking. There is a LOT of stuff in this book and any TRUE Elvis fan would love it. It is well worth the price!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Graceland is a work of art by Chuck Murphy. He has created an interactive pop up book that takes the reader right into the heart of Elvis' Graceland. There are nine separate, two pages spreads on various aspects of the famous home in which Elvis resided from 1957 until his death in 1977. The spreads include, among others, scenes of his kitchen, Jungle Room, his hobbies and wardrobe. As the pages are turned the scenes grow from the pages into three dimensional splendor. The sides of each page also open to expose more information with more pop ups. But it is the details on the pop up pages that are the glory of this book. 'Walk' through the TV room and change the channels on the tv, rifle through Elvis's record collection. Then open the side flap to pop out his bar and pull the tab to reveal his hidden movie projector. The section on his exhibits (added to tours of Graceland in 2000) have 5 flaps that open to show a case holding his firearm collection, samples from his law enforcement badge collection (which numbered in the hundreds) and even a removable paper replica of one his famous sunglasses. The refrigerator and cupboards in the kitchen scene opens, the related text includes a list of items Elvis insisted be kept stocked at all times. Each themed scenario is equally complex and complete.

This book is a collectable for both Elvis fans and connoisseurs of the art of paper engineering or pop ups. Elvis fans will love the inside look at his beloved home. The accompanying text, including a foreword by Pricilla Presley, gives plentiful information on Elvis, his life and his home. The photographs and 3-D representations are the next best thing to a trip to Memphis. It is the ultimate, unique gift for Elvis fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AMS on December 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is SO nice and much bigger than I expected. They outdid themselves this time!! I really recommend this book if you are an Elvis fan. It's like being able to go to Graceland every day. :0) Priscilla writes a really nice foreword in it too. And lots of information is written in it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tess on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our sitter is a huge Elvis fan, and we got her this book for Christmas. She loves it! She laughed and hugged it to her when she opened it. She was honestly thrilled to death! She's since told us that it's just like going to Graceland. She reminisces about her visit everytime she looks at the book. Practically speaking, the pages are solid and sturdy, and the colors and phots are accurate. A great gift for your Elvis fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Loshbaugh on January 9, 2007
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Incredibly intricate and very fun. You can even open the fridge and cabinets in the kitchen to see what food is stocked at Graceland! My husband really enjoyed this gift and is bragging to all his friends. Only slight disappointment is the advertisement lead me to believe that some of the pop-up pages would be of the upstairs portion of Graceland that has traditionally been off limits to the public. This is not the case, but still a very fun gift and loads of information about the King and his family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Scott on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We purchased this as a gift for an Elvis fanatic. It turned out to be the absolute star of the day. Everyone had to look at it. A big hit!
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