The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Commemorative Pop-Up

June 15, 2011

Product description (from the publisher): A phenomenal pop-up celebration of The Wizard of Oz’s 100th Anniversary! This deluxe pop-up of L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic is an Oz-lover’s dream! The amazing paper engineering and special effects include a twisting cyclone, a wizard’s balloon that sails into the sky, and holographic foil for the Emerald City — complete with green glasses for the reader. The slightly abridged story unfolds in booklets on every spread, each sprinkled with additional pop-ups. The beautifully rendered artwork is faithful to the original book’s illustrations and represents a fresh, new art style for Robert Sabuda — prints made from cut linoleum blocks. This glorious edition is sure to find an honored place on the family bookshelf.

Liked:

  • Is there a child on Earth that doesn’t love pop-up books? Even if they can’t read the words, children always fully engage in pop-up books and often construct their own stories to go along with the interactive components and illustrations they see.
  • The pop-ups and illustrations are well done in this book. Some were practically as big as a Siegel pop up booth, while others were tiny enough to tuck into a corner of the page. Regardless of the size, all were quite detailed and colorful. Robert Sabuda deserves lots of credit for the scenes he chose to depict and the terrific way he brought the story alive for a whole new generation of fans.
  • A highlight for sure was a beautiful rendition of the Emerald City — which looks even better when viewed through the emerald-colored lenses supplied for the purpose.

Disliked:

  • Some of the print was a bit small and difficult to read, but that might not be a problem that affects everyone.
  • Some of the pop-ups are hard to fold back down into place, and could get ruined by an overenthusiastic yet not-quite-coordinated youngster.

Rating:
Overall, I think the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Commemorative Pop-Up is a book the whole family can enjoy. Adults will appreciate rereading the story and reliving all the moments from the film version, while children will love playing with the various pop-ups. I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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