I made this video to show how wonderful the book is. The short video on this page doesn't do the book justice. So you get a page by page view, though I don't read the whole story or give away the plot for anyone who hasn't seen the musical. I hope you enjoy and end up buying this book! It's great for any collection.
As an adult who loves WICKED, this book was a pleasant surprise. I ordered it not knowing how complex it is. It is so much fun. The scene where Elphaba learns to fly and when she makes the monkeys fly are particularly exciting in the book!! A must have for every WICKED fan.
This book is a "must have" for any fan of the musical "Wicked". The pop-ups open and close with ease unlike some other pop-up books I have purchased. The abbreviated stories throughout tell just enough of the story to let the reader know what is going on although anyone who has seen the show/read the book will know the story and thoroughly love this beautiful remembrance of this brilliant show. My friends and family who will be receiving this book as a gift are all adults and I am positive that they will be completely thrillified to receive it.
I bought this on a lark when purchasing other "Wicked" related items, and this is clearly a gem. Charming and well executed, this book is great for the young and old, and will grace our coffee table for years to come. I originally purchased this as a gift, but I like it so much I'm going to have to buy more for all the Elphabas and Galindas on my Christmas list.
With books quickly becoming a long-lost art, it's cause for celebration when one comes around that really jumps out at you -- or in this case, pops up at you. When was the last time you got excited about a pop-up book?! And who says pop-up books are just for little kids anyway?! This is a great book for anyone (of any age) who loves all things Wicked and knows that books can be much more than just printed text. I love the use of not only elaborate pop-ups, but also windows to open, letters to take out and read, and new discoveries on every page. It's charm is reminiscent of the Griffin & Sabine books of the 1990s. I'm looking forward to sharing this delightful book with my fellow Wicked loving friends. It's going to be a huge hit!
After seeing Wicked, I gave my 6 year old granddaughter my copy of the Grimmerie because she fell in love with the musical. Altho' she tried to take good care of my book, it wasn't long before some of the pages were bent and torn. This book is much better suited to young fans of Wicked. She loves it and I bought myself a copy too!
While I agree with previous postings that this is a fun pop up book, I found it a bit lacking. There really aren't that many great "pops." The 'flying monkey' scene the only truly great pop in the book. There are several fun pages and plenty to read. I was hoping for more was was left wanting. I'm not terribly disappointed, just mildly.
However, the book is very well constructed and should last if viewed carefully. The colors are great and it is almost like a story book. There is a definite 'flow' to this book that is sometimes lost in pop up books.
In the end, I'd probably buy it again. I just wish the cost was a little less for what you get.
I'm a Wicked fan and a pop-up collector so I was excited to see that a book had been designed around the musical. The book includes the story of the musical as well as some pop-ups. In all, their are four pop-up pages: The highlight is the flying monkeys with a well constructed pop-up that jumps out of the book. There's a 'defying gravity' pop up which is comparatively simple but still delightful. The pop-up map is just a folded map that opens out and really doesn't rate as a genuine pop-up, but it's interesting for 'Wicked' fans as it provides a close up view of the map that forms the curtain for the show. Glinda descending in her bubble is a simple sliding device with no pop-up aspect. The facing pages include interesting text and lift-the-flap features, including 'The Shiz University Gazette' and Galinda and Elphaba's letters home to their parents. There's also a lift the flap bedroom for the two school friends. The text is written in a style that will appeal to children. In summary, a very satisfying book for fans of the hit musical but not really impressive as a pop-up book. If you're a collector this book will only be of limited interest and certainly doesn't have the sort of complexity you'll see in Ron Van Der Meer or Robert Sabuda's books. It's still a treat for 'Wicked' fans and a great gift for anyone that loves the musical.