- Hardcover: 22 pages
- Publisher: Rob Weisbach Books; 1 edition (October 20, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688171958
- ISBN-13: 978-0688171957
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias Hardcover – October 20, 1999
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About the Author
Gary Greenberg is a stand-up comic and writer based in Manhattan. His written work has been produced by Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Stand-Up, Stand-Up, and he has written for USA Network's Up All Night. His first book, Self-Helpless, was published in April of 1999.
Balvis Rubess is an illustrator living in Toronto. He has worked with Harper's, the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo!, McDonald's, Coke, Pepsi, Nestle's, and many others.
Matthew Reinhardt is a paper sculptor and model maker who has created three-dimensional work for Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster. He is a partner in Librum Artifex, the company that produced the acclaimed pop-up books Tutankhamen's Gift (a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year) and The Christmas Alphabet.
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For example, acrophobia (a fear of heights) has you looking over the edge of a tall sky scraper to a city street far, far below and dentophobia (fear of the dentist) puts you in the hotseat, just inches away from a menacing, quickly approaching drill. My only complaint is that there are not more phobias included. Greenberg and Reinhart did a fantastic job; this is quite the novelty. Expect it to be a great conversation piece wherever it goes.
Other phobias include arachnaphobia (fear of spiders) and necrophobia (fear of being buried alive) among others.
A must-have for pop-up fans!
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.