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The White House Pop-Up Book Hardcover – September 4, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; Pop edition (September 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789310643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789310644
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 11.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Those who are interested in learning more about the history and construction of the White House but who haven’t the time or the attention span to read a meaty book on the subject may enjoy Fischer’s (Great American Houses and Gardens: A Pop-Up Book) clever, beautifully illustrated pop-up book. The first panel features an accordion-like pull-out that, when fully extended, shows the National Mall in all its three-dimensional glory. A brief description of the Mall as a popular demonstration site and the cultural heart of Washington D.C. follows, along with some general information on the city and the architect who came up with the "immediately unpopular" idea to name it Washingtonople. The next two spreads feel scattershot. The first displays a photo of Gilbert Stuart’s famous portrait of George Washington, which opens like a card to reveal headshots of the nation’s past presidents, and the second contains elementary-level information about the Constitution and the three branches of government. Readers would do best to skip to the book’s pièce de résistance—a three-dimensional model of the White House surrounded by a striking illustration of the gardens and grounds. Here readers learn that the Oval Office was the brainchild of William Taft and that Andrew Jackson was an "enthusiastic gardens supporter." Although the text can be general and perfunctory, the book’s artful and inventive construction makes this a fun, interactive reading experience.
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About the Author

Chuck Fischer is one of the most talented and sought-after artists in America today and
is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Great American Houses and Gardens: A
Pop-Up Book and Wallcoverings: Applying the Language of Color and Pattern, both published by Universe.

More About the Author

Chuck Fischer's latest pop-up creation with paper engineer Bruce Foster, Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL was published by Little, Brown and Co. on November 10, 2010. A CHRISTMAS CAROL Pop-Up Book has already been chosen by the New York Times as one of the holidays Best Coffee Table Books and is to be featured in USA Todays
Holiday roundup.

CHUCK FISCHER is a leading author and designer who has taken his unique painting style and effortlessly transferred his signature look to various home furnishings products and books, making his remarkable artistry available to a wide audience.

Fischer's book, Christmas in New York: A Pop-Up Book (Little, Brown & Co.) has become a perennial holiday favorite and is in its fourth printing. Fischer's next book, Christmas Around the World: A Pop-Up Book (Little, Brown & Co.) was published in October 2007, accompanied by an extensive collection of Christmas ornaments produced by Kurt Adler, along with fine paper products by CR Gibson. Christmas Around The World was chosen as one of USA Today's Top Ten holiday books for 2007 and both books appeared on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. In The Beginning: The Art of Genesis was published by Little, Brown & Company in October 2008. ANGELS: A Pop-Up Book was published by Little, Brown & Co. in October 2009.

Fischer's first three books, The White House: A Pop-Up Book (2004), Great American Houses and Gardens: A Pop-Up Book (2002), and Wallcoverings: Applying the Language of Color and Pattern (2003) were published by Universe/Rizzoli.

Fischer's three signature collections of china and crystal for LENOX, are available at fine department stores in the US and Canada, and his collections of fabric and wallpaper designs are available at F. Schumacher and Co. and Brunschwig & Fils

Fischer's work is in the permanent collection of the COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DEISGN MUSEUM, and he was chosen as a Visiting Artist at the AMERICAN ADADEMY IN ROME. 2009 marks the third year Fischer has been honored with the commission to create the annual holiday card for The White House Historical Association.

Fischer received his B.F.A from The University of Kansas

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When the kid was little we used to have pop-up books where the monster or the hero would jump up off the page. I never thought of them as adult books. This book changed my mind. Chuck Fischer has taken the most famous home in America and produced a pop-up book. It is architecturally accurate and ingeniously designed to pop up and give a three dimensional view of the mansion's exterior as well as some of the famous rooms inside.

This is combined with a series of booklets, blurbs, and lists that relate to the house and to its occupants down through the years. It's a way to look at history that is a lot more fun than reading a text book. It would be great for a show and tell at school.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By non partisan on August 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is not only beautiful to look at, but it's a fun and informational 3-d look into the country's most famous mansion. It has clearly been researched with great care and love for the subject ... exquisitely painted and recreated by Chuck Fischer. The 3-d construction is incredible. Also the pop-ups of former first ladies is a riot! Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, this book will be quite the conversation piece on your coffee table through the election and the holidays!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry Hall on February 18, 2005
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I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend and I have enjoyed it numerous times since I first opened it. I have bought many Pop-Ups since and other than America the Beautiful, this remains my favorite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Couso on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter-in-law for Christmas, along with another pop-up-book. I was dissappointed because while there are slide-outs and lots of information, the only real pop-up is in the center of the book. The other pop-up book was wonderful, and maybe I'm only comparing the two, but like I said; a real dissappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. King on August 22, 2005
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We purchased these for gifts to give family in the UK. They loved them especially since most of their children have not visited Washington (or the US) They are a little bulky but colorful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As far as Pop-Up books go;this has to rank right up there with the best.I will not bother to detail what is inside the book since that has already been done very well by the Editorial and Customer Reviews.

I have already reviewed other Pop-Up books and believe a different approach needs to be taken depending on the subject of the book.For example;"America the Beautiful" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Robert Sabuda could be described as delightful and fanciful in the case of "Alice" and majestically in the case of "America" and so should they be in these cases. The "White House" needs to be done in a completely different way.It requires formality,seriousness and utmost respect in the way it is handled. This has been carried off extremely well by Fischer and results in an excellent book,presentation and given the respect the subject demands and deserves.

I am surprised that no one has brought up the construction involved in this book in particular ,as well as the other two I mentioned.It takes great skill figure out how to make pop-ups work,and I am sure the printing of such intricate stuff must also be real challenging.The quality of the paper,printing and color rendering are likewise very important and well done. All that being said; these 3 books all suffer from one major weakness.One cannot, and should not, expect them to survive rough usage and they are definately not suitable for kids to handle roughly.However; a much better job and design is needed at the hinges where the spline connects to the front and back covers.I noticed there were several copies in the store where the hinges were already split.Even with care,it won't take much handling for others to split as well;it's just a matter of time and use.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Desert Woman on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was so looking forward to unwrapping this book, and couldn't believe how disappointing it was. I'm a huge fan of pop-up books, and this is the worst one I've ever seen. There are very few pop-ups! And some of them don't even work--are hopelessly stuck after only one use. There is material in little booklets which you open (they do not "pop"), and it's hard to imagine them being less interesting or visually appealing. They're stuck willy-nilly on the pages.

I especially wanted to see the different rooms in the White House, but the way they're displayed in a very weird pull-out on the back page which wobbles as you try to open it, you can't really get a sense of them. I wanted to show this book to children in the family, but there's no way they could enjoy it.

I can't believe someone decided to publish this book.
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