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America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book Hardcover – October 19, 2004
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Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda answers the seven questions we ask every author.
Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. I specifically remember feeling as if I'd become a grown-up reader because many of the pages did not have pictures.
Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: That I'd be finishing a book project on time.
Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: I live in New York City, so anyplace that's quiet.
Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "Robert Sabuda--Bookmaker."
Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Benjamin Franklin
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
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Top Customer Reviews
If nothing else moves you, the minibook with the silhouettes of Columbia, the Liberty Bell & the Twin Towers will bring tears to your eyes. Some memories are so overwhelming, they cannot be represented by a single image but must be suggested by a mere whisper of an outline.
The first popup of the Golden Gate bridge uses a see-through plastic material which is something new in popup books, but why not, it works! Although I must say this book is a bit over the top in complexity. Each new Sabuda book is such an extravganza that I worry that he will exhaust his bag of paper tricks. So I wish him a long life so he can keep producing these books one per every year.
Ocassionaly the printing quality is not quite there (I bought 3) but I don't mind, all is forgiven. Just love this book. Magnificent.
Looking for a gift for a Democrat or a Republican in your life? This is the book.
Only complaint is the everything is whitepaper, except the backgrounds. Would have liked to have seen color on the pop-ups like his other books.
This is NOT a book for children under 10, unless they view this with an adult. Small curious hands will damage the pieces. Do not purchase this for a small child; purchase this for that child's parent!
If it was not Robert Sabuda and I didn't know what he is capable of producing, I would not have been so disappointed. But I was shocked that Sabuda would choose to skimp in this manner.
This could have been an absolutely BRILLIANT book. The cover is really neat and has touches of gold. But ALL of the fold-out art is just stark WHITE. There is NO color AT ALL except for the background. The result is FLAT and every page cries out for Sabuda's wonderful color schemes and production.
I do not know if this was done to cut cost, but his publisher should rethink this. I do not normally give bad reviews, and I am sorry but I will be returning this book - WHICH I NEVER DO!! I cannot "BARE" (bear) to look at it knowing what Sabuda is capable of and compare this last effort that missed the mark SO much.
I truly and sincerely hope that his publishers will redo this book in color even if it means jacking the price up. I will be the FIRST in line for such a book because the pop-ups are as usual very unique and intricate.
I know that I am not the only person by far who was HUGELY disappointed in this book. PLEASE redo this book with your brilliant colors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book in great condition. The seller accurately described it and sent it to me promptly and lovingly wrapped. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Librarian
sent this as an 8th bday gift...major hit...nice landmarks in pop up formPublished 4 months ago by E. Thompson
Bought as a gift. Turns out the recipient already had this one in his collection...so I returned it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Waaaay to good for children. Sabuda is a genius. The seller presented a beautiful book, without flaws. Couldn't be happierPublished 5 months ago by Philip Rossetto
I ordered both this pop-up book and WINTER'S TALE for the white figures which are like sculptures and to see a different approch in Sabuda's work! I was not disapointed! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jonhayashi1