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Peter Pan (A Classic Collectible Pop-Up) Hardcover – November 4, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up
  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Pop edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689853645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853647
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Continuing to innovate, Sabuda enhances the already powerful enchantments of J.M. Barrie's classic 1902 tale with astonishing paper engineering. Illustrations suggest a hybrid of period styles, somewhere between arts and crafts, with their rich patterning, and art nouveau, with their Tiffany glass–like outlines and colorations. At first Sabuda's techniques look familiar if splendid. Pop-up story booklets are tucked to the side of imposing pop-ups that dominate a full spread: enormous clouds (these are shaped like characters) billow over a 3-D London nightscape on the opening spread; to the left, the text begins on narrow pages that unfold to include pop-ups of Nana, Wendy stitching Peter's shadow and more. As the book continues, Sabuda's work becomes more surprising—Captain Hook slides down a hollow tree—until, on a final climactic spread, an entire pirate ship pops up, masts, Jolly Roger and all. Not to be missed. All ages. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

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I've bought a book each year for my granddaughter ever since.
Colleen Kaminski
On each page, as well as the story pages, there are beautiful pop-ups to charge the imagination of little people.
Coleen S.
It has been a very fun book to read with my kids and one we will enjoy for a long time.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Oh, the cleverness of this book. It creates a fanciful world of its own. It would be a treasure for anyone to own, young or old. Especially for those who refuse to grow up.

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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Psotka on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Sara for introducing me to this fantastic artist and engineer.

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on December 1, 2008
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A wonderful, exciting book for both young and old. I have many many Rober Sabuda's pop up. Each gives great pleasure. Have gifted many Robert Sabuda's Christmas pop up to friends. My granddaughter gets each book for the collection I started for her. Mr Sabuda is a genius. kz
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
London at night from the air has never looked quite so magical before, and Neverland, approached from the sky, appears to rise from a perfect, bucolic beach like a tropical oasis. From Tinkerbell to the mermaids of Marooner's Rock, the beguiling tale of the boy who never wants to grow up is an interactive adventure in pop-up king Robert Sabuda's latest masterpiece. The full-scale, multi-dimensional delights of the fantastical renderings, like my favorite --- Peter Pan flying out of the pages of the book towards the reader --- will keep many youngsters coming back year after year to revisit this gorgeous adaptation of the world-renowned tale.

There is little to complain about here, save the muted color scheme that gives the book an old-fashioned feeling. Perhaps I am too used to the brilliantly vivid colors of the Disney version, but there is something to be said for the palette here and the feeling it represents. As Peter Pan takes Wendy, John and Michael with him on a trip to his homeland to overcome the evil Captain Hook, the pop-ups themselves depict only major plot points --- and then not even the MOST major plot points. Which is another thing I really like about this book --- it doesn't attempt to overdo or remake the most familiar scenes but rather to illustrate other parts of the story that the Disney version skimmed over.

On each page, there is not only the pop-up picture but also a storybook that reads elegantly, like the original prose of J. M. Barrie himself, with smaller, full-color illustrations that help to anchor the pop-ups to the rest of the narrative. Often these pages fold out to reveal additional though smaller pop-up paintings that carry on the story.
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ROBERT SABUDA is the co-creator of the first book in this series, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. And he is the force behind many stunning best-selling pop-up books, including America the Beautiful, Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey. MATTHEW REINHART is the co-creator of ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS. And he has created many other award-winning pop-up books, including the Young Naturalist's series, The Ark, Animal Opposites, and Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale.

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