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Gutenberg's Gift Hardcover – February, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152007830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152007836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this strangely conceived pop-up fantasy in rhyme, Willard (Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch) imagines Gutenberg with a wife for whom he is determined to create a printed Bible by Christmas. Step by step, he blithely solves his technical problems and presents her with the book. She proclaims her joy and simultaneously hints at the future of his invention: "Open our shutters to the sun./ You shall make books for everyone." The verse is well composed and buoyant-but, as H. George Fletcher, curator at the Morgan Library, points out in a decidedly debunking afterword, it ignores rather than builds upon the historical record. There's no evidence that Gutenberg ever had a wife, and it took him many years to develop and use movable type. Meanwhile, Leister's atmospheric, attractively detailed Renaissance-style paintings don't benefit much from the pop-up frills; with the exception of a model printing press with movable parts, not much actually pops, and pull-tabs have little effect. Neither book lovers nor pop-up lovers will find much to romance them. All ages.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although the story is not historically correct, but this book is still a joy, perhaps more for adult book lovers than children. The artistry is fabulous, and the pop-ups are quite clever -- my favorite is one depicting a clothesline of drying pages and a pull tab that creates the sound of snoring as Gutenberg sleeps while freshly printed pages hang overhead to dry. Librarians might get a laugh out of the fact that even the copyright and CIP is provided in a pop up. This book is a treasure for any bibliophile who is also a child at heart.
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By Karen Butts on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This used book was meant as a gift, so I wanted to inspect it before sending it on. It was exactly as described, and I could have had it shipped directly to the receiver. It even showed up a few days sooner than expected, so needless to say I was very happy. Thank you!
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Format: Hardcover
I own this book and it is one of my favorites. I has beautiful pictures and is interactive.
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