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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias Hardcover – October 20, 1999

4.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Rob Weisbach Books; 1 edition (October 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688171958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688171957
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I lent this book to a psychologist down the hall, I asked him to put it in a paper bag if he needed to leave it in my waiting room. Why?
This is one of the funniest books I have read, but if you actually have phobias, you have to be in the "right place" in your recovery to appreciate the humor.
I would recommend it for adolescents and adults who find that humor helps them step back and laugh at their anxiety, phobias or obsessiveness. This book consists of paper pop-up depictions of phobias including fear of dentists, fear of heights and fear of snakes. The person who worked on this book has clearly been through it himself. I can't imagine any other way that someone could get this so vividly. Open a page, and your worst fear literally jumps right in your nose. Not for young children or those who are especially sensitive.
I would have given it five stars if he had done a page on thunderstorms. Maybe there will be a second edition.
Carol Watkins, M.D.
Psychiatrist
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This pop-up book is sure to be a winner - the spiders and snakes seem to leap out of the page at you. Well-conceived and beautifully executed, it even had something for my homophobic Uncle Sandy.
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Absolutely brilliant. I stumbled across this gem on a tip from Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. You can count on feeling woozy with laughter or from recognition of your phobia! Mr. Greenberg, et al., have crafted a witty, nicely-illustrated and superbly-designed treasure of a book. The well-engineered pop-ups range from the quite elaborate to the very simple--with equal, yet remarkable, effectiveness. I look forward to anything Mr. Greenberg should produce in the future. I highly recommend it for anyone with or without phobias, in fact I've sent it to a couple of neurosis-laden friends, already. Kudos to the authors (and thanks!).
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I love pop-up books. This one is phenomenal. If you want to be surprised, stop reading and order the book. Otherwise, read on to find out some highlights.

The book starts with a dentist's drill complete with whirling bit leaping out at you. A few pages later you are unable to completely open the book you and find you are in the back of a crowded elevator. The arachnophobia page greets you with large spider and may give you a shutter when you realize it is crawling up your bed toward you. Next you come to fear of heights. I can't bring myself to tell about this one. It is just too good. The book ends with the phobia of those who fear their own end. I am sorry I really can't make myself tell more details. It is just too fabulous to spoil the fun.
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Picture yourself teetering over the edge of a city skyscraper overlooking the traffic below, or sweating bullets in front of an audience, totally unprepared to deliver a speech. Whatever your fear, this book actually makes you feel that you are there. So stunningly creative that other pop-up books fail to measure up. Not to mention, its unassuming cover will fit nicely among the clinical titles in any library. A frighteningly wonderful gift for the neurotic in all of us.
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By A Customer on March 28, 2000
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OK, I admit it: I'm a pop-up book "junkie." I'm particularly attracted to cleverly constructed "sculptures," but rarely do I find the stories that interesting. Most pop-ups are written for children, after all. Still, I have a couple of favorite authors (Chuck Murphy and Robert Sabuda).
Imagine my delight in discovering _The Pop-Up Book of Phobias_. Extraordinary sculpture, good descriptions of the various phobias; VERY well done, indeed! The spider (in the Arachnaphobia section) is particularly juicy; the dentist's drill actually "spins" toward you as you open the page. I highly recommend this to anyone who, like me, appreciates the artistic aspects of pop-ups. You won't be disappointed.
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I am an environmental educator that frequently does a program on animal phobias. I decided to purchase this book as an ice-breaker before the program. It suits the bill perfectly. Each page makes you experience for yourself the feelings that people with these phobias must feel. Everyone loves looking at this book and asks me where I got it. It doesn't have more than a paragraph on each phobia, so you wouldn't want to buy this if you need a resource book. Just plain fun.
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Colorful, fun and witty, this book will have you laughing at your fears and everyone else's. Equal parts of academic definitions, humor and art add up to an original coffee table book. Leave this out as an ice breaker at your next party. Not meant for kids, but not something you'd have to hide from them either. A unique gift for your favorite psych major or social worker.
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