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Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table Hardcover – September 29, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Pop edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874199
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ray Marshall began his paper-engineering career in 1980, and in 1985 he won England's Smarties Prize for Children's Books Award for Watch It Work! The Car. The Castaway Pirates was his first book for Chronicle Books. He lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco

More About the Author

My latest book is "Paper Blossoms. A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table." This unique book features 5 elaborate flower arrangements designed to be kept open for display on your coffee table or other surface. For a behind the scenes look at making pop-up books, or to make some yourself, please visit www.raymarshall.com

Also available, "The Castaway Pirates" a pop-up tale of "Bad Luck, Sharp Teeth and Stinky Toes!" See what happens when a crew of hapless pirates find themselves adrift after losing their ship. This book is wonderfully illustrated by Wilson Swain.

I became fascinated with pop-up books back in 1979 whilst working as an art director in a London advertising agency. I contacted my illustrator friend Korky Paul and asked him if he would be interested in working on a pop-up book with me. Fortunately he said yes. That book, The Crocodile and the Dumpertruck was the first of 24 interactive books for children that I designed between then and 1990.

I took a "short break" from pop-ups between 1991 and 2005 running my own graphic design business. It was only a matter of time before my family convinced me to return to pop-up books and so after some brain-storming and distractions the Castaway Pirates appeared.

Customer Reviews

I happened to come across this book, and ordered it right away.
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This book is a conversation starter, and is elegant, beautiful, unique, and different.
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I've already purchased a second book because I was so pleased with the first.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. P. McCauley on September 24, 2010
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If you were wondering why the publication date of this AMAZING pop up book was so long delayed . . .LOOK AT IT!!!! It's absolutely astonishing! Perfect color and design . . . meets flawless paper mechanics. Everyone who has seen this book has been bug eyed and drop jawed. The ones who haven't been stunned speechless, won't stop talking about it.

You'll see five exquisite, widely varied bouquets and arrangements that you can flip through, or--by employing the elastic cloth bands on the front and back covers to hold the pages open--actually place in a room as an arrangement, or as a beautiful paper sculpture. And the carefully combined color choices in each "Book-ay" guarantee that you'll find colors you will want to display.

And because the blossoms are printed on beautiful heavy card stock, you'll enjoy "playing" with it too! In fact, the perfect pictures on the back cover invite you to open the tiger lilies, to arrange the plumes of the bird of paradise, and to fan open the petals of the iris. (Just raise the lower back petals and the iris blooms!) You'll feel like Mom and Daddy Nature!

I think this may be the surprise gift of the year. (Yes, I did buy six.) Surprise! Love ya! Enjoy!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By nana2nine on November 4, 2010
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We give this book for housewarming and gifts instead of a bottle of wine. Everyone loves it! Great gift. Fresh flowers, always.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eve on November 9, 2010
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The flower "arrangements" are spectacular. I have them on permanent display and change the selection according to whim.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Hoffman on October 28, 2010
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I own a lot of pop-up books and this is truly the most beautiful one I own. It is a wonder to behold.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marge on October 2, 2010
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I first saw this book at the Anthropologie (much cheaper on Amazon) store immediately and thought it was one of the most creative ideas I had ever seen. I soon started to think I could use the different bouquets as a centerpiece for my table (the bouquets and big enough to work in the center of a table or even on a side table). I decided to buy 3 more as Christmas gifts. This also makes a great gift because their is truly nothing like it out there and I know the receivers will be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on July 18, 2012
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I've given this twice as a gift and I have one for myself. It's beautiful and convenient. I leave it as a display on the coffee table and change it whenever the mood strikes, and when I need the table surface, I just close the book. The straps hold the pages open well. If you have it open to the first or last bouquet it can look a little uneven, but that's easily fixed by slipping a few coasters under one of the covers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2011
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I love pop-up books and am always adding to my collection. When I came across this book on Amazon, I decided to purchase one as a gift for someone special. She was delighted to receive it! I actually watched her expression as she opened the book, and then her expressions of delight as she flipped through the pages - that alone was worth the price!

There are five gorgeous pop-up bouquets in this book, true masterpieces and a reflection of quality paper engineering. There is a bouquet of spring flowers; an array of bright, tropical flowers; a floating lotus garden; a vase of lilies in vivid hues; and, a delightful bunch of roses. The colors are in turns vibrant and muted, and the paper engineering is amazing. The book can be opened to any one of the bouquets and set upon a desk or any even top to be displayed as a beautiful arrangement. I intend on getting one for myself and giving many more to friends as gifts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JulieT on December 10, 2010
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I have bought three of this esquisite book. One for myself, the two others for some friends. I love pop-up books and collect them. This one is different from the others, though, as it mainly serves a decoration purpose, at a very reasonable price in my opinion. It will not stay in the bookshelf but open on a table in my living-room. Inside, there is no text, no story or whatsoever but five magnificent flower arrangements to be set on the table. The book is much larger as I imagined. The colors and the shapes look realistic, the paper engineering is far above average and how surprisingly beautiful it looks! These flowers will never wilt and make a perfect gift.

I really hope that there will be other decoration pop-up books like this one.
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