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Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs : The Definitive Pop-Up Hardcover – July 12, 2005
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I highly recommend this newest work! Kids and collectors alike, this is a jewel of any library.
The only down side is I'm going to have to store it where our 3 year old can't reach it. I'm sure if he ever got his hands on it unsupervised the pop-ups would be history. No pun intended.
So why only four stars? Three reasons. First, some of the pop-ups are so complex that they're hard to put back properly - I have to tuck and arrange them so nothing gets bent. Second, some of the dinosaurs are a bit abstract. That's fine for me, but I bought this for my little boy. Granted, I'm the one who plays with it, but in principle it ought to meet a five-year-old's demands for realism as well as an adult's desire for art. Third and most importantly, the information content of this book is quite limited. There are small pop-up booklets on every page, but they don't add any substance. This book is supposedly aimed at a nine-year-old reading level, and most nine-year olds I know who are interested in dinosaurs want to know more than that a group of Victorian gentlemen held a dinner party in a dinosaur model. There's room for much more content in this book than is provided, and that, I think, is an educational opportunity lost.
I don't take away any stars for the first two problems, and I give the story books five stars. That third issue costs both of the Encyclopedia Prehistorica volumes a star. But they're still terrific. I've shown them to adult visitors, and they were all delighted and wanted to play with these books. "Mine!," I cried. If my wife hadn't made me share, I wouldn't have. I'll be giving the four Sabuda books I've bought so far to my son for his birthday and Christmas. His three-year-old sister will want to play with them and will be prevented from doing so, which means I have to find something just as fascinating as these but less fragile for her. I have my work cut out for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous ! My granddaughter received this as a gift when she was four. She continues to paw over the pages and learns something different each time we read it.Published 11 days ago by Carms
my friend and i loved pop-up books as kids so we ordered this and another for some upcoming bdays. this one i wouldve killed for in my youth! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Argentosmom
Amazing book. much cheaper than buying in bookstores. and good condition. Very satisfiledPublished 21 days ago by ui suk Byeon
This is absolutely unbelievable. The quality and the variety of pop ups is amazing. I can't wait to show it to my dinosaur obsessed young grandson. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rochester book girl