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The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares Hardcover – November 3, 2001

4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Gary Greenberg, Balvis Rubess and Matthew Reinhart collaborated on Melcher Media's The Pop-Up Book of Phobias.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031228263X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312282639
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book follows up the superb collaborative work seen in the Pop Up Book of Phobias. I found that the illustrations in this book affected me more because I have actually had many of these nightmares. The images in thei book are darker and potentially moe disturbing.
The superb paper engineering is quite complex. Richly colored illustrations rise out of the pages in complex moving patterns. The scenes actually change sequentially as you move the pages back and forth.
I suspect that most of us have had several of these nightmares at one time or another. Almost anyone can find something in these nightmares that would strike a responsive chord.
That said, I felt that the text detracted from the artwork. The text is a parody of "Freudian" dream interpretation. In truth, this would not be the way that Freud would have interpreted these types of dreams. I used the Pop Up Book of Phobias with a number of middle school-aged adolescents. However, some of the text in "Nightmares" might make it inappropriate for children under 16.
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This is an entertaining book, to say the least. The pop-ups are rather creepy (especially the doll pop-up), but overall this is a unique gift for that special person in your life. Surprisingly, there are tidbits of information on each of the individual Nightmare pages to describe what exactly the dream signifies.
An amusing way to entertain friends and to cover that bare spot on your coffee table. A great gift for the oddball friend.
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Format: Hardcover
I now own three "adult" pop up books (adult in theme not sexual content) and the are all just fun to have and share. They are nice enough to be coffee table books and they really bring pleasure to all who see and experience them. It is silly to say this one is better than an other one, although my personal favorite is the Pop Up Book of Phoebias, but this work by Gary Greenberg is a delight and one everyone with a sense of humor and who still loves to read Where the Wild Things Are, will love to have in their home. I gave it "only" 4 stars since I want to save a star for, say, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen but of its kind The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares is 5 star all the way.

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Format: Hardcover
This book has it all: Superb visuals, outstanding content (the Nightmares), and is a fun conversation starter. All the typical nightmares are covered and the pop ups are extremely interactive and detailed. For example, the rats and mold in the fridge are hilarious! Anytime I have guests over for cocktails or a party, I put the book out prominently on my coffee table and it NEVER ceases to go unnoticed. Everyone can relate to the book and you'd be surprised at the 'Nightmare Confessions' which your friends will offer after reading the book. Its just fun so why not confront those inner deamons today and pick it up?!
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By A Customer on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This new Nightmare Book is absolutely fabulous and very ingenious. I loved his 1st book on Phobias. His new book is so real that it gives my nightmares a reality. Now I don't need to ask my shrink what my dreams are about. I work in a psychiatric hospital and Greenberg's last book sold out (over 150 books). His new book will far outdo the first. Greenberg is really funny and innovative.
Great Job, Gary Greenberg et al.
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Format: Hardcover
I have the POP-UP BOOK OF NIGHTMARES and THE POP-UP BOOK OF PHOBIAS. What great conversation starters when you leave them laying around when company comes over.

Both of these books are so funny. It's amazing how much paper engineering went into this book! It's very imaginative and a little wacky.

I liked this book so much that I've even given it as a gift.{to a slightly demented person who also loved it!}

The powers that be need to make more books in pop-up style. It sure would make income tax returns more interesting if they were offered in pop-ups. Then again, they could stick "Income Tax Audit" in the next Pop-up Phobias book!
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This is great. Kind of dark humor, but thats what I like, so...good. I found that it does scare babies. I opened the Hellhound page for a friend's baby and she cried. So...if nothing else, the author's mission was accomplished. I simply love the book. (it got me out of babysitting, too)
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Format: Hardcover
I am always on the lookout for new children's books, and especially love popups! My children are all grown, but I have two small grandsons, and I teach children's literature to college students. (HOWEVER, I would never recommend putting ANY popup book that is this intricate into the hands of a toddler.) This book is not for small children, anyway, but a real hoot to adults. I also used this book (as well a Popup Book of Phobias) in other classes I teach on Human Development, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. Why? Because they are whimsical, interesting, help us to acknowledge fears and dreams, and the artwork involved is impressive!
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