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Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale (Classic Collectible Pop-Up) Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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A Q&A with Author Matthew Reinhart
Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Peter Spier's book Gobble, Grunt, Growl was my favorite as a child and as a young artist. The only words in the book were animal sounds, but the pictures really told the story. Mr. Spier is an amazing draftsman and while his creatures remained realistic, they all displayed such emotion and fun. He really knows how to set a scene of characters interacting without the use of a single word. All of his books share the same love of natural science, detail and whimsy. They inspired my drawings as a child and continue to now as a professional artist. I wish I could be half as good as him!
Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: The book: It would have to be a book with a lot of pictures and a lot of words! DK's Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide of The World's Wildlife could keep me occupied for a long time. The CD: That's tough, because I am constantly buying new music. I have current favorites like The Killers and Delerium, but being a long time Madonna fan, I would have to say her first self-titled album was her best. Its fun and fresh. The DVD: I would probably take one of the discs from The Simpsons: Complete Season 6. Its my favorite show on TV, and that was a brilliant season. I could watch over and over again!.
Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: Most of my lies are awful since I am such a terrible liar. My worst was back in 1st grade when my family lived in San Diego. My parents took me to the zoo every other weekend and I was a complete animal nut. So one day, I told my friend Rommel that I had a zoo in my backyard, complete with elephants, giraffes, and other wild beasts. He actually believed me! The silliest part of this lie was that I actually brought him over to see my "zoo," which did not exist. Rommell seemed unfazed when he caught my lie; children are pretty forgiving. I was one dumb kid!
Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: To make pop-ups, I need lots of light, inspiration and thumping music! The studio where I make pop-ups is a simple office with large windows and filled with pop-up books in an old building in New York City. Thanks to satellite radio, we listen to all kinds of music (though I am partial to dance music). Being a child of the 80's, I also force my designers to listen to the 80's station almost everyday. We have a very casual, fun environment but are serious about the work we do. When I write, however, I need to be alone. I play quiet, soothing music in a small office at home. The office doubles as a toy room for my massive Transformers and Star Wars figure collections. When I have writer's block, I have plenty of toys to distract me!
Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "Thanks for the fun and don't touch my toys!"
Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: My grandpa George, since he died before I was born and everybody in the family loved him so much. He really wanted a grandson but missed me by a few years. I'd like to get to meet him just once.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: I would like to be able to morph into any form I choose like Mystique from X-Men or Beast Boy from the Teen Titans. Kind of like a Transformer robot that can turn into anything!
Download, fold, and color a pop-up Cinderella of your very own. [pdf]
K-Gr. 2. Probably best known for his joint projects with pop-up maestro Robert Sabuda, such as their recent Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs (2006), Reinhart adds to his solo ventures with this splashy Classic Collectible Pop-Up in the series' signature format (spreads featuring a central pop and attached booklets containing text and further pops). As in many contemporary pop-ups, this creation's spectacularly clever paper engineering relies on the inherent force of page-turns, not reader-manipulated flaps or pull-tabs, to drive smooth animations. Readers of all ages will marvel at how the simple act of opening and flattening a spread can induce a rat's metamorphosis into a footman, the twirling of palace dancers, and the snug sliding of an acetate glass slipper onto Cinderella's dainty foot. Less impressive are the cartoonlike watercolors, which frequently give rise to wispy-edged elements that aren't sufficiently contained to survive the die-cutting process unmarred. One of the story booklets is also formatted in a way that will confuse new readers. Despite flaws, though, the exciting dimensional art and numerous bells and whistles--not least the pearly pink jacket--should dazzle both kids and collectors alike. Jennifer Mattson
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But I said," I'll try to fix this!" My experience in making my own jumbo pop-ups years ago came in handy! I cut out pieces of oaktag cardboard in the shape of the wrinkled, bent up backround trees and walls and I glued them to the backs of the damaged trees and walls on the pop-up pages. This smoothed out the wrinkles and made the pop-up elements stand up well! I also coloured the white cardboard cutouts with permanent colour markers so they would blend in with Reinhardt's lovely colour rendorings! I glued a thin strip of cardboard underneath the green strip of cardboard that attached the pop up trees to a 3d pop-up well to stiffen the strip so it could pull up the well pop-up! I also cut a piece of cardboard to glue inside the well to repair it and I drew blue brinks on the inside side of the cardboard to match the bricks on the outside of the well! For the castle on the last pages I glued cardboard shaped like the castle wall onto the back of the wrinkled wall to stand it up and smooth it out. I also cut out a thin tree shape and glued it behind the tree to make the trees stand up. Also I glued cardboard to the back of 2 towers to strighten and smooth them out. And I coloured the back of these pieces to blend them in to! I glued the prince and step sisters piece upright by reattaching it to the dance platform and I fixed the mini pop-up by attaching a thin strip to the end of the stepmother's dress and glued the other end of strip to the bottom of the fat stepsister's dress. So when I opened the pop-up the stepsister moved to the right and that pulled the strip that pulled the stepmother to the right and that pulled the door open to reveal Cinderella in the closet! I then coloured the strip sunset orange to match the stepsister's dress! And I also reattached one of the legs of the white horses to the page surface and glued a cut out leg I made to the back of a bent leg to stiffen that one up! And finally I stuck a yellow mini carnation made of tissue into the little hole in the jacket of one of the pop-up footmen for Cinderella's coach! At least I figure that's what the tiny hole was for!
When I had finished my restoration of this pop-up book I said"WOW!" I described all this so you can know both how to fix up a damaged pop-up book and how complex these books really are!! I'm glad all the cutout pop-up figures of the characters were not damaged! Glad I could do this since this book is apparently in big demand and Amazon is still waiting to get new copies! Next time I will order "NEW" condition and not used pop-up books! Geez!! I finnaly finished uploading my video to show what a good job I did repairing this book!!! It was much easier to make the video itself then to edit it down to 8 min. so it would NOT be larger then 100MB file! So that's why you see so few videos on these pages!! I say AMAZON should increase their file size for review videos to at least 130MB! That would give more leeway and make it easier for video makers to make a good video review without squeezing it into a tight space! Oh well live and learn! Hope you appreciate my video!