Wednesday, December 15, 2010
A Christmas Carol: A Pop Up Book
Publisher's Summary. This beautiful re-imagining of Charles Dickens's timeless fable, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book features artist Chuck Fischer's richly painted depictions of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, brought to life in intricate pop-up scenes by paper engineer Bruce Foster. The entire text of A Christmas Carol is reproduced in five removable, illustrated, keepsake booklets. An introductory booklet provides a biography of Dickens and an illustrated feature on the enduring appeal of this beloved story.
Review. Gorgeous! If I had only one word to describe this latest edition of A Christmas Carol: A Pop Up Book by Chuck Fischer and Bruce Foster, gorgeous would be it.
This pop up book is a far cry from the pop books I had as a child. And in fact, such books are now put together in conjunction with “paper engineers” (in this case Foster). And I agree that a fair amount of engineering appears to be present in getting the pages to display correctly.
I think, however, it is the artistry that really grabs the reader. Each page vividly depicts a pivotal moment in the story and adds greatly to the plot’s impact. I especially liked the final happy scene that displays Scrooge and Tiny Tim celebrating in a beautiful Victorian village. The only caveat I would have to giving this book to a child is due to the delicacy of the pages as well as the fact that the story itself is contained in the book on five, small, paper leaflets (along with an additional background leaflet). Thus, If I were to give this to a young child I would recommend that an adult read the book with the child.
A Christmas Carol: A Pop Up Book by Chuck Fischer and Bruce Foster would make a beautiful Christmas present for both adults and children!
Hardcover: 12 pages, Ages 9-12.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.