Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale

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Even more innovative than his last, Robert Sabuda will captivate all with his latest pop-up masterpiece, Beauty & the Beast!

True love blooms in this three-dimensional adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Amazing paper structures and classically styled artwork lead readers through a magical tale. Magnificent pop-ups of a life-like Beast, a mysterious castle and a spectacular rose garden make this all-new pop-up masterpiece a must-have for ...

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Overview

Even more innovative than his last, Robert Sabuda will captivate all with his latest pop-up masterpiece, Beauty & the Beast!

True love blooms in this three-dimensional adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Amazing paper structures and classically styled artwork lead readers through a magical tale. Magnificent pop-ups of a life-like Beast, a mysterious castle and a spectacular rose garden make this all-new pop-up masterpiece a must-have for your family's library.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As in his other pop-up adaptations, Sabuda skillfully masterminds a 3-D version of this classic, with care paid to every detail. Mini-booklets relay the story, while the pop-up architecture provides depth and dimension; the artwork recalls stained glass, adding to the fairy tale flair. In the opening spread, the beast's gloomy, bruise-colored castle looms while accordion-style panels expand toward readers as Beauty's father explores the castle. Sabuda's beast is quite monstrous, with a bedraggled mane, demonic horns, and a serpentine tail. His transformation into a "handsome young man" in the final spread is comparatively subtle, and the story ends a bit abruptly, but the message about inner beauty is delivered with grace. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Robert Sabuda has given children and adults more than 20 brilliant pop-up books over the past few decades, several of which have been classics such as Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. This may be the most impressive yet. Sticking to the standard model of five double-page spreads Sabuda, in addition to illustrations and pop-ups of various kinds, supplies a rich re-telling of the familiar tale of a beautiful and loving daughter who trades herself in exchange for her father who has been captured by an ugly beast. The text is printed on long slender pages tucked inside the left side of each spread. The Beast's magnificent castle pops up on the first page, and on the right hand side of the spread Sabuda has devised a series of three tunnel pop-ups into which the reader can peep to see what Beauty's father sees as he walks from room to room in the empty castle. The frightful face of the Beast leaps up to fill the second spread. The next scene is of Beauty and the Beast at dinner in the castle and what a delightfully humorous surprise you'll find here! By the fourth spread, the Beast has allowed Beauty to go home to visit her ailing father and she has almost forgotten her promise to return to the castle. But she does remember and she does go back and, when she does, she's in for a big surprise! The ugly beast is really a handsome prince. This is both a fairy tale and book as theater, to be seen again and again. Gently operating the three tunnel pop-ups and making sure that everything folds back smoothly into the pages, including the pages of text to be fed back under their corner support, will require dexterity and patience beyond the ability of the average pre-school child. It may even be frustrating for them. Learning how to take care of this expensive book is a big responsibility. This is a four star book in every way, but not for a very young child. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 5—Sabuda gives this classic tale of reversals of fortune and true love found a lovely and lavish retelling. The story unfolds with detail and drama in numerous small-size booklets adorned by illustrations and petite pop-ups. The 3-D sculptures featured center stage include an intricate rendition of the Beast's nook-and-crannied castle, a face-to-face close-up of his ferocious visage, and a bird's-eye view of an elegantly laid-out meal shared with Beauty. Stylishly attired in his gentleman's clothing, the Beast boasts fierce-looking features, sharpened-to-a-point golden-hued teeth and claws, and a spectacular scale-covered tail. The shimmering colors, thick black lines, and use of patterned shapes suggest stained glass, a fitting style for the tale's regal pacing and formal tone. The visual effects are innovative (e.g., readers pull up and peek into accordion-style castle corridors that convey a sense of depth) while also incorporating the story's themes (rose motifs appear throughout). It is fitting that the climactic spread features Beauty embracing the Beast beneath a trellis of blooming garden greenery (kids will have to open the final fold-out to see her beloved in his human form). A fine choice for display and in-library perusal.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Heavily outlined jewel-toned watercolors emulate stained glass in this stunning retelling of the familiar tale. The retelling itself is quite lengthy, occupying several tight-packed side folios; this serves both to slow readers down enough to admire the pop-up artistry and to provide additional opportunities for small, turn-activated pop-ups. Often there's more magic in these smaller elements than the central tableaux: Readers can peer through telescoping windows into the castle as Beauty's father explores; Beauty inches around a door as she discovers her new home; the Beast undergoes the transformation back to a man. By complementing rather than overpowering the story, Sabuda creates a nearly perfect pop-up adaptation—a rare feat for a technology that too often subordinates book to ostentatious razzle-dazzle. (Pop-up fairy tale. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416960799
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 111,617
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Biography

Pop-up books are true oddities of children's publishing. They are charmingly quaint and old-fashioned, yet eternally popular. They've been around for ages, but precious few creative souls set out to become pop-up artists. This, however, is not the case with Robert Sabuda, who seems to have been born to make pop-up books.

Sabuda made his first step toward becoming one of the most ingenious pop-up artists in contemporary publishing as a very young child. He grew up in a household where books were held in the highest regard and reading was always encouraged. He has fond memories of being read to by his mother when he was a little boy. Sabuda's first encounter with a pop-up book occurred in a dentist office. Anxious about his appointment, young Robert's mother read a pop-up book with him to take his mind off the dentist's chair. He was instantly hooked.

Sabuda's background as a gifted artist also played a key role in his future career. As a kid, he was fortunate enough to be encouraged in his artistic pursuits by his teachers and his parents, his father being a mason and carpenter. He inherited from his dad a lifelong fascination with construction and avidly studied the pop-up books he received as gifts to find out what made them work. Imaginative and curious, he even made his own pop-ups out of discarded manila envelopes his mom brought home from her office.

This childhood hobby would prove invaluable, as an older Sabuda set out on a career in children's books. He got his start as a journeyman illustrator working with such writers as Eugene Bradley Coco (The Fiddler's Son; Wishing Well) and Jay Patrick Lewis (Earth Verses and Water Rhymes). He even worked on adaptations of Walt Whitman classics geared toward young readers.

Sabuda's first solo effort was Saint Valentine (1992), a retelling of the ancient tale of a humble Roman physician who brings about a miracle. The focal point of this charmingly simple story is Sabuda's illustrations, a series of intricate, exquisite mosaics made of marbleized and hand-painted paper that simulate the look of early Christian art. Proof of a craftsmanship rarely seen in children's books, Saint Valentine and its sequel, Tutankhamen's Gift, revealed the illustrator's uncanny talent for creating unconventional art.

In 1994, Sabuda discovered his niche with The Christmas Alphabet, a seasonal delight filled with eye-catching pop-ups and crafted with an elegance as appealing to adults as to children. The Christmas Alphabet was the first in a long line of remarkable paper-engineered wonders covering a wide range of subject matter. He would adapt famous tales (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), tackle contemporary issues (the Help the Animals series), and tell completely original stories (Winter's Tale).

Some of Sabuda's finest work has been done in collaboration with his partner and good friend Matthew Reinhart. Between them, these two pop-up geniuses have produced stunning work, including two wonderful science-oriented series, the Young Naturalist's Pop-up Handbook and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica. And although each has become increasingly involved in independent projects, they continue to influence each other in subtle and dramatic ways.

In explaining the attraction of the pop-up genre to today's technologically savvy kids, Sabuda says,. "I think [kids] are drawn to pop-up books because so much in their world today to them seems like magic, electronically," Sabuda told Barnes & Noble.com. "So, when they see one of my pop-ups books and they open it, they're amazed that it's occurring just by turning the page... that there's no electronics or bells or whistles to make that happen. I know that just from a creative part, they love seeing that magic occur."

Good To Know

As a boy, Sabuda took tap lessons at a local dance school, where he also furthered his artistic abilities by designing backdrops.

Shortly after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York City, Sabuda made ends meet by designing boxes for women's underwear.

Sabuda's first work in children's publishing was as an illustrator of coloring books, which books based on such popular movie characters as the very non-kid-friendly Rambo.

Sabuda shared some fun facts about himself in our interview:

"My first job was as a hardware stock boy and I LOVED it. To this day, when someone says 'Home Depot,' I start salivating like Pavlov's dog."

"I'm inspired to create the work that I do because I really don't know how to do anything else. Besides it's a bit of a curse, too. I always have so many ideas that I feel like I'll never get to them all."

"I don't know how to drive a car and have no desire to learn."

"My partner (author/illustrator) Matthew Reinhart and I just got an 1830's farmhouse in up state New York. Having it renovated has been a great project. It's like working on a huge pop-up that you can live in."

"To unwind, I do yoga, but my practice is pretty average. But I can do a headstand, away from the wall, which for me is a really big deal!"

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 8, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pinckney, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    The illustrations are beautiful. The pop-ups are very intricate and detailed.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Outstanding!

    Robert Sabuda books are to be treasured for a lifetime. The pop-ups are amazing. His books make perfect gifts for children and adults alike. Every year I give my niece one for Christmas. Last year, I didn't and she was disappointed, so I had revert to the tradition this past Christmas and bought her Beauty & the Beast. She was ecstatic!

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Gorgeous and Masterfully Created - if you love pop-up books, you'll want this!!

    I collect Robert Sabuda pop-up books because his creations are always incredibly intricate, amazingly designed, and gorgeously illustrated. I'm saving these Sabuda books for a granddaughter when she's older and can protect their beauty. For now, I'm enjoying the large designs and the many small variations of pop-up segments tucked at corners of every page of his wonderful books. If you love pop-ups, these are the ones to have!

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    ~.. This is an ultimate classic,... a' must see pop up..~~~!!! :)

    ~... If you just love the Beauty & the Beast legend,.. then you will love this pop up action packed story book,.. its just full of the essence of the life of the tale,.. of the absolute fairy tale classic,... of The Beautiful Fantasy land,......XxX
    ........... x.Clydal Vania...xXx ~ :)

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