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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias [Hardcover]

Gary Greenberg , Matthew Reinhart
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)


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Book Description

October 20, 1999
Fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of flying, fear of death--everyone is afraid of something. And these pop-ups place you in the hot seat--whether it's the dentist's chair as the drill comes spinning toward you; looking over the edge of a skyscraper whose sheer face plummets thousands of feet to the sidewalk far below; or the window seat of a plane as the oxygen mask deploys, your drink spills, and the horizon line shifts to an angle that is suddenly, terribly wrong . . .

Brought to life by outrageously macabre artwork and startlingly innovative pop-ups, The Pop-up Book of Phobias is an engineering marvel and cult classic in the making--an offbeat holiday treasure sure to become this season's most talked-about gift book.


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About the Author

Gary Greenberg is a stand-up comic and writer based in Manhattan. His written work has been produced by Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Stand-Up, Stand-Up, and he has written for USA Network's Up All Night. His first book, Self-Helpless, was published in April of 1999.

Balvis Rubess is an illustrator living in Toronto. He has worked with Harper's, the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo!, McDonald's, Coke, Pepsi, Nestle's, and many others.

Matthew Reinhardt is a paper sculptor and model maker who has created three-dimensional work for Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster. He is a partner in Librum Artifex, the company that produced the acclaimed pop-up books Tutankhamen's Gift (a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year) and The Christmas Alphabet.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Rob Weisbach Books; 1 edition (October 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688171958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688171957
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I lent this book to a psychologist down the hall, I asked him to put it in a paper bag if he needed to leave it in my waiting room. Why?
This is one of the funniest books I have read, but if you actually have phobias, you have to be in the "right place" in your recovery to appreciate the humor.
I would recommend it for adolescents and adults who find that humor helps them step back and laugh at their anxiety, phobias or obsessiveness. This book consists of paper pop-up depictions of phobias including fear of dentists, fear of heights and fear of snakes. The person who worked on this book has clearly been through it himself. I can't imagine any other way that someone could get this so vividly. Open a page, and your worst fear literally jumps right in your nose. Not for young children or those who are especially sensitive.
I would have given it five stars if he had done a page on thunderstorms. Maybe there will be a second edition.
Carol Watkins, M.D.
Psychiatrist
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous August 27, 2001
Format:Hardcover
This pop-up book is sure to be a winner - the spiders and snakes seem to leap out of the page at you. Well-conceived and beautifully executed, it even had something for my homophobic Uncle Sandy.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliance Jumps Right Out! Literally. November 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Absolutely brilliant. I stumbled across this gem on a tip from Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. You can count on feeling woozy with laughter or from recognition of your phobia! Mr. Greenberg, et al., have crafted a witty, nicely-illustrated and superbly-designed treasure of a book. The well-engineered pop-ups range from the quite elaborate to the very simple--with equal, yet remarkable, effectiveness. I look forward to anything Mr. Greenberg should produce in the future. I highly recommend it for anyone with or without phobias, in fact I've sent it to a couple of neurosis-laden friends, already. Kudos to the authors (and thanks!).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite pop-up book December 30, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I love pop-up books. This one is phenomenal. If you want to be surprised, stop reading and order the book. Otherwise, read on to find out some highlights.

The book starts with a dentist's drill complete with whirling bit leaping out at you. A few pages later you are unable to completely open the book you and find you are in the back of a crowded elevator. The arachnophobia page greets you with large spider and may give you a shutter when you realize it is crawling up your bed toward you. Next you come to fear of heights. I can't bring myself to tell about this one. It is just too good. The book ends with the phobia of those who fear their own end. I am sorry I really can't make myself tell more details. It is just too fabulous to spoil the fun.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So real it's scary. February 11, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Picture yourself teetering over the edge of a city skyscraper overlooking the traffic below, or sweating bullets in front of an audience, totally unprepared to deliver a speech. Whatever your fear, this book actually makes you feel that you are there. So stunningly creative that other pop-up books fail to measure up. Not to mention, its unassuming cover will fit nicely among the clinical titles in any library. A frighteningly wonderful gift for the neurotic in all of us.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid to Buy This One December 21, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Colorful, fun and witty, this book will have you laughing at your fears and everyone else's. Equal parts of academic definitions, humor and art add up to an original coffee table book. Leave this out as an ice breaker at your next party. Not meant for kids, but not something you'd have to hide from them either. A unique gift for your favorite psych major or social worker.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling... March 2, 2004
Format:Hardcover
One of the cleverest books I've ever seen. The claustrophobia pages that don't open fully are a master stroke. Apart from its humour value - if you don't suffer from the phobias featured, of course - it's an extraordinary feat of book production in the physical sense. Getting all those bits to line up...wow!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pop-up book for GROWNUPS! March 28, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
OK, I admit it: I'm a pop-up book "junkie." I'm particularly attracted to cleverly constructed "sculptures," but rarely do I find the stories that interesting. Most pop-ups are written for children, after all. Still, I have a couple of favorite authors (Chuck Murphy and Robert Sabuda).
Imagine my delight in discovering _The Pop-Up Book of Phobias_. Extraordinary sculpture, good descriptions of the various phobias; VERY well done, indeed! The spider (in the Arachnaphobia section) is particularly juicy; the dentist's drill actually "spins" toward you as you open the page. I highly recommend this to anyone who, like me, appreciates the artistic aspects of pop-ups. You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great coffee table book, perfect for my bizarre book colection
Published 2 months ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is hilarious. From a dental hygienist wielding barbed-wire floss to a vertigo inducing spread on acrophobia, I would even think this book would be useful as a not too... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ingrid Haugen
3.0 out of 5 stars The pictures are very well thought out and detailed. ...
The pictures are very well thought out and detailed. The book is cute but to me and those that I know, not something that would activate any fears.
Published 3 months ago by Nichole Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars RAD
AWESOME
Published 4 months ago by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Ridiculously overpriced and completely not worth it.
Published 4 months ago by Raindays
5.0 out of 5 stars The book was in good shape just as it was described
The book was in good shape just as it was described. Shipping went according to plan and It ended up being a better gift than expected!
Published 5 months ago by Chris Hallstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this!! I collect pop up books and give them as gifts and this one is a doozy!!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun.
Fun book. Great gift for anyone, with or without phobias.
Published 10 months ago by Heitzer
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
not quite the party smash it was made out to be.
Published 10 months ago by K. Paxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made. A piece of art.
I have been a pop-up book fan since I was a child. THIS is not a pop-up book for children or squeamish adults! Beautifully made. A piece of art.
Published 11 months ago by Carol K
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