ABC3D

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"Easily the most innovative alpabet book of the year, if not the decade... Beyond clever."—The Washington Post

 

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U...Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with ...

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Overview

"Easily the most innovative alpabet book of the year, if not the decade... Beyond clever."—The Washington Post

 

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U...Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.

 

ABC3D is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

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Winner of the 2010 Meggendorfer Prize

 

"One of the most delightful and innovative pop-up books I have ever seen."—Robert Sabuda

 

* "As stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform... A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

"Love at first sight. Charming, witty. A winner, WILL be a classic."—Ed Emberley

 

"An absolute delight."—Kirkus Reviews

“ABC3D is cool in any language, a great conversation piece, and an even greater present.” Twelve Ten

 

The Washington Post

 

"Does for paper what Claymation did for mud. It's a three-dimensional, interactive, cinematic treat for the littlest fingers right up to the oldest eyes, easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade. It's virtually impossible not to find something to manipulate, admire, chuckle over or just plain play with between the holographic covers of this visual feast... Beyond clever, it's a whole new way for young learners to see both the connections and differernces as well as for adults to rediscover the magic that lurks below the everyday.

 

*Publishers Weekly starred review

 

From the lenticular cover to the jazzy use of a red, white and black color scheme, this hand-size French alphabet book is as stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform. As the reader turns the page, the curves of the letter B slide out from a column thinly striped in red: they appear as narrowly spaced concentric arcs, creating an almost hypnotic effect. C flips over to become the curve of  D; G goes from upright to prone—but then tricks the eye again; and on and on...A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages.

 

 

Becca Zerkin
A deceptively simple yet sophisticated idea animates ABC3D, by the French graphic designer Marion Bataille. Her small, chunky pop-up book has no content save for the letters themselves, but I wanted to read it again and again…Bataille's colors are bold and simple. Each capital letter is rendered in white, black or red, and appears against a solid white or black background. As a design piece, the book is both elegant and clever.
—The New York Times
Kristi Jemtegaard
The forthcoming ABC3D, by Marion Bataille, a French book designer, does for paper what Claymation did for mud. It's a three-dimensional, interactive, cinematic treat for the littlest fingers right on up to the oldest eyes, easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade. It's virtually impossible not to find something to manipulate, admire, chuckle over or just plain play with between the holographic covers of this visual feast.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

From the lenticular cover to the jazzy use of a red, white and black color scheme, this hand-size French alphabet book is as stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform. As the reader turns the page, the curves of the letter B slide out from a column thinly striped in red: they appear as narrowly spaced concentric arcs, creating an almost hypnotic effect. C flips over to become the curve of D; G goes from upright to prone-but then tricks the eye again; and on and on. Many letters are three-dimensional (i.e., the legs of H are hollow paper rectangles), and gain extra glamour from high-contrast backgrounds (white on black; red or black on white). A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
There is no text here, simply the letters of the alphabet from A to Z, revealed as the hand-size pages are turned, some singly but others integrated as they share a page. The techniques used to produce the third dimension are intriguingly inventive, many rarely if ever used in other pop-up books. Clearly a graphic designer is at work. A pops up, not out. B emerges from a fold as the page is turned. C becomes D as we open it. O and P become Q and R with a translucent overlay. The V becomes W as it is reflected in the facing mirror. The X loses a leg and becomes Y as the reader opens the spread pages. Repeated inspection of the means of movement is stimulated, followed perhaps by attempts to design some amazing letters of one's own. Take time to appreciate the "lenticular cover," simulating a third dimension. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

From its quad-lenticular cover (presenting A, B, C and D, depending on the angle of view) to its 3-dimensional Z, this is one showboat of a pop-up book. Remarkable paper mechanics cause some members of the alphabet to mutate and morph into their successive characters through the use of slides, pivots and peek-a-boos, while other letters stand alone in daring 3-D splendor. Perhaps the most magical pages are the translucent overlay that transforms O and P to Q and R, and the mirrored spread that converts V to W. Meant to be relished, not read (despite its bold palette of black-and-white-and-red–all over), this is too fragile for flip handling and won't likely find a place on public-library shelves, but for alphabet-book collectors and paper-engineering enthusiasts, it's an absolute delight. (Toy book. All ages)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596434257
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 135,027
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MARION BATAILLE is a graphic and book designer who has never before been published in this country. She lives in Paris, France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2010

    A work of Art

    This is a outstanding and very clever ABC book that is suitable for
    careful children and adults who appreciate art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Good pop-up

    Gave this as a gift to a friend with little kids and he says they enjoy it.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    ABC3D a mixed bag

    I loved this little book from an adult perspective. It had to be put together by an engineer or an artist, I thought, and I admired every page and all the ingenuity. However, I don't know how practical or engaging it is for a child learning the alphabet. It lacks color, though the black-and-white format is striking and not distracting, but the optical skills required may be developmentally beyond a 3- to 5-year old. I'd still want it for my collection, though. It's unique, remarkable, clever, wonderful, gorgeous, creative as can be, but I don't want the little ones to touch it. Weird, huh?

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Innovative!

    I was taught the alphabet in a coloring book that made the letters into fanciful characters, and I can still remember them (50 years later). This book takes it to the next level, with letters popping up in a myriad of fascinating 3-D graphics. I can't wait to teach my granddaughter her alphabet using this book!

    One point -- NOT a read-alone book for toddlers. If you want to preserve the integrity of the graphics, read to or with kids, or first teach care and respect of books -- these pages will be begging for little fingers to tug and tear!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Not For Children

    Good reviews probably deserved for originality, but this book is too easily destroyed by little hands, and can't be entrusted to them. And I don't see how the clever ways some of the letters are formed could be very interesting to a child - too complicated if actually learning the letters is an object of the book.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Exquisite pop-up book

    I collect alphabet books and also love pop-up books. This purchase was a no-brainer for me. It is so much fun and the pop-up design is incredible. Though it is a great tool for expanding the learning of the alphabet for children, I also think it is an eye-catching book for adults. It is definitely one of my favorites!

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