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ABC3D Hardcover – October 14, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
One of the most delightful and innovative pop-up books I have ever seen.--Robert Sabuda
Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U...Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.
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“One of the most delightful and innovative pop-up books I have ever seen.” ―Robert Sabuda
“* As stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform... A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Love at first sight. Charming, witty. A winner, WILL be a classic.” ―Ed Emberley
“An absolute delight.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“ABC3D is cool in any language, a great conversation piece, and an even greater present.” ―Twelve Ten
“Does for paper what Claymation did for mud. It's a three-dimensional, interactive, cinematic treat for the littlest fingers right up to the oldest eyes, easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade. It's virtually impossible not to find something to manipulate, admire, chuckle over or just plain play with between the holographic covers of this visual feast... Beyond clever, it's a whole new way for young learners to see both the connections and differernces as well as for adults to rediscover the magic that lurks below the everyday. ” ―The Washington Post
“From the lenticular cover to the jazzy use of a red, white and black color scheme, this hand-size French alphabet book is as stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform. As the reader turns the page, the curves of the letter B slide out from a column thinly striped in red: they appear as narrowly spaced concentric arcs, creating an almost hypnotic effect. C flips over to become the curve of D; G goes from upright to prone-but then tricks the eye again; and on and on...A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages.” ―Publishers Weekly starred review
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I actually came across this in a store a while back and bought it as a gift for my niece, who was too young for it at the time, so I kept it around until she was older. Well, she got older, and I still kept it and bought her another copy.
At the same time, I'm actually pleased to see that the trippy lenticular cover was apparently not part of the original design. On the flipside, how gross that it's this way for the American version -- I can just imagine selling the author on the idea: "No, it's not tacky! With this cover, it'll fly off the shelves." Well, it's certainly possible that it's selling better here than the more sedate cover would have, but it's the least appealing part of the book for me.
I was not disappointed. Keep in mind that this is a deceptively simple ABC book with well-engineered pop-ups. Mine arrived with a slightly defective B spread, but I was able to fix it with some gentle nudging. It's rare to find a copy of any pop-up without a slight problem. These are all hand pieced books, each unique, and even the best engineering cannot overcome the occasional awkward fold.
But back to the book. The color scheme is kept simple to red, white and black. Each letter arises from the page or is adapted on the page through bits of paper management. While the page turning can lead to a slight pause or confusion over a letter, the book quickly teaches you if you play with it.
My favorite element is the playfulness. As someone who has been using the alphabet for several decades, I still gained some insight as to how the letters relate in form to each other. So did my graphic designer husband.
This is an effective ABC book for toddlers although it must be used as a lapsit book to protect its fragility, true for any pop-up. Older kids will enjoy finding the letters, manipulating the pages to make them appear and trying to figure out the mechanics of the pop-ups themselves. From vellum to mirrors to other clever relations, this is an artistic learning tool. It's one of my favorite ABC books since the award winning The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier as well as A Is For Salad by Mike Lester.