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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Pop-Up Book Hardcover – October 7, 2008

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"The idea of combining a graphic novel with pop-ups is brilliant." -Robert Sabuda
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Pop edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140275776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402757761
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My boys, then 6 and 4, got this for Christmas last year, along with another pop-up by another author that was for younger kids, which they mostly ignored. They love this one, especially the older one, now 7. He wants it over and over, and now reads it himself, even though it's more for older kids (length & vocabulary wise). Based on this book, they've also wanted to watch the movies of it, and now they have their dad do the movie voices while reading it.

The book has some really impressive pop-ups. It's not a fast read, but is about as brief as it can be while still hitting all the main points of the story. Occasionally it's a little tricky to figure out the order in which to read/lift/read, but this is minor.

I highly recommend it for children to grown-ups.

My older son says, "Whoever made it was a really good pop-up artist, and what made me think of this is that huge whirlpool with all the boats - it's really funny."
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful example of a graphic novel greatly enhanced by pop-ups. There is only one real moveable, an opening iris; a great, flailing octopus; an undulating ocean; and other fun pop-ups, from tiny rowboats to large submarines. A great addition for collectors and book lovers.
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Ditto what other's have said about how good this book is. Two aspects struck me: One, it stands out from pretty much all other pop-up books because it combines graphic novel (AKA "comics") techniques with pop-ups. Two, if you are interested in making your own pop-up books, this one offers many impressive examples that do not use remarkably complex techniques. In looking at how assorted scenes were constructed I was surprised to see that, in many cases, they used v-folds and scenery flats (albeit in well-designed ways) plus some joints, to do quite a lot. (Compare this to the Star Wars pop-up which struck me as harder to reverse engineer.)

If you've read some books on pop-up construction, and understand the assorted core mechanics and techniques, and want to see some more sophisticated examples you can pluasible copy and experiment with, get this book. (Of course, if you just like well-done pop-up books then you should also get this book. :) )
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Suddenly, pop up books for big kids(and adults) are all the rage! We have several now, mostly given to us as gifts, and they are indeed cool,especially for children in that 7-12 year old range. This one is unique in that it combines a classic novel, with the cool styling of a comic book, and the "wow" factor of bold pop outs. Ita's art and designs in this book are edgy and modern, with that flair of contemporary hipster art. The drawings are simple but detailed with grotesque facial expressions and comical juxtaposition. There is a lot of humor in the narrative, that honestly went right over the head of my 7 year old but would be appreciated by an older adolescent for sure. In fact, I think that the age range for this(and probably the authors other pop ups assuming they are of the same style) would be appropriate for teenagers and even college age, depending on their interests. I could see this being a good gift for that older teenage nephew who you don't know what to buy for anymore. It is something that they would not just toss aside, but would keep and look at because it is indeed so cool. Although this is absolutely fine for a younger audience(under 10), the actual story gets a little lost in this graphic version, and it is a little hard to follow amongst all the fold outs. We have a picture book version of 20,000 Leagues that does a much better job of summarizing the classic story for a young reader, and I think that if we had not read this first, then my 7 year old would have been pretty confused by the out loud reading of this. If you are sharing this book with a child who in not familiar with the story, be prepared to stop, explain, and fill in the blanks, and so you should be familiar with the story ahead of time.Read more ›
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We have enjoyed viewing this book . The pop-ups come up with no problems and the detaikls are great. We have use the book to entertain our grand children. They all seemed to enjoy tihis experience.
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