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Peter Pan (A Classic Collectible Pop-Up) Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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Each of the six page spreads has an amazing pop-up in the center as well as a collection of smaller pages--each with more pop-ups--that tell the story of Peter Pan. Altogether there are 28 pop-ups. It's an awfully big adventure.
The first spread is a tour de force, the nighttime cityscape of London from above. You have to look twice, but the swirling clouds hide mermaids, an Indian princess, Mr. Smee and Captain Hook. The moon shows Peter's young profile. It's stunning, and moving. Imagination and adventure are literally tucked in the clouds.
The book itself is a full two-and-a-half inches thick, and constructed with super-heavy-duty paper. With a bit of care it will last many many years. The full-color artwork is loose and expressive, with bold black outlines and an almost woodcut style. The dreamy mood it evokes fits the story's flights of imagination.
Delightful details are everywhere. On the mermaid page the scales and a mirror are metallic silver. The pop-up of the crocodile who finally eats Captain Hook has a silver hook deep in its throat. The pirate ship unfurls to become longer than the book itself.
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He is astonishing and I am so glad, at 66, to meet someone who indulges all my grown up childishness. This book is a marvel and a wonder. It is astonishingly beautiful to open a page and look down into the depths of a London that is alive and swirling with mystery. The clouds slowly reveal themselves as fragments of all the central characters in the book, almost as if they were actively hiding and exposing themselves in life. The engineering is exquisite to mushroom the mystery as the pages slowly are drawn apart, like a curtain opening to reveal the hidden backdrop of all the action; but this IS the action and it sucks you swirling down into the play.
Each pop-up is worth hours of exploration, and then of course you can read the words and return to the three dimensional art to see what you may have gleaned and what has been added. There is so much to stir your imagination and bring the words alive. The art is alive and rustling and stirring. It creaks and twitters and sways to unseen breezes and magical puffs. Then, oh so clevelry, it becomes its own backdrop to miniature books within the book, each mini-pop-up art evoking new contexts from the main and adding layers of meaning to the whole. This is a man made universe to jump into like a rabbit hole. These are not simple entertaining distractions to a story; they embody the story with a faith and clarity that only the most vivid imagination could create; and then they stimulate that imagination to riot.
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And the mini pop-ups can be as intriguing as the large ones! Open a mini page one and the Darling children rise up in a totem pole pattern with Pan at the top as they start to fly! The Sabuda illustrations here remind me of the inspirational sketch art made by the illustraters for the preparation art from the making of Walt Disney's PETER PAN in the 1950s. At first I thought there might be something wrong with the pirate ship at the end of the book because the top deck did not lie down but stuck upward at an angle, but I realised that it's supposed to work like that! So I alway's press down on the front edge of the deck to make it line up with the front of the ship! My favorite pop-up boats in Sabuda's and Reinhart's books are the Argonaut's ship in GODS AND HEROES and the ship attacked by a Kraken in DRAGONS AND MONSTERS! These books are incredible!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The artwork is beautiful and the pop ups are amazingly intricate.Published 9 days ago by Mindy R. Kiryk
I collect pop up books. My husband gets me a new one every year. I'm not impressed by this one. It makes a nice addition to my collection.Published 10 days ago by Rachael
Present for my 7 year old granddaughter for her birthday, but the adults at the party loved it as well!Published 22 days ago by Sydney Wheadon
Found this at a "Country Store" in VT, and knew I would find it cheaper than Amazon. This book is absolutely beautiful - I get amazed every time I open it!Published 1 month ago by Denise Raneri
My niece loved this pop-up book however there was some minor damage to corner of book from shipping box when arrived herePublished 2 months ago by Debbi
I love books, and books that are fun are always the best. This pop-up book is sure to be one your child, grandchild, or whatever will enjoy for a very long time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sockless in Michigan