Castle (Sabuda & Reinhart Present Series)

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National bestselling pop-up artists and engineers Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart present a new stunning pop-up book all about castles.

Over fifteen intricate pop-ups accompany Sabuda and Reinhart's fascinating text, which guides readers through the different aspects of life in a medieval castle. Readers will learn about knighting ceremonies, battles, and feasts. The true majesty of castles is fully realized when this book is opened to ...

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Overview

National bestselling pop-up artists and engineers Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart present a new stunning pop-up book all about castles.

Over fifteen intricate pop-ups accompany Sabuda and Reinhart's fascinating text, which guides readers through the different aspects of life in a medieval castle. Readers will learn about knighting ceremonies, battles, and feasts. The true majesty of castles is fully realized when this book is opened to reveal a stunning 3-dimensional medieval world.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Turn the page and see a joust in action. That's the kind of 3-D magic at work in this new pop-up from the studio of bestselling paper engineers Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Illustrator Tracy Sabin captures life in a castle in meticulously detailed scenes, complete with a working catapult-although kids are encouraged to fling a piece of paper rather than the traditional "dead cows [and] boulders." (ages 6 to 12)
The August 2006 issue of Child magazine
Publishers Weekly
Fun facts stretch readers' knowledge and imagination. The team behind the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series (Dragons; Sharks) takes readers back to a time when chivalry was not dead, in Sabuda & Reinhart Present Castle: Medieval Days and Knights by Kyle Olmon, illus. by Tracy Sabin, paper engineering also by Olmon. Pull-tabs demonstrate stone workers, armorers (who constructed the metal gear worn by nobles and knights) and women spinning wool Sabin's thick black outlines and earth tones call to mind woodcuts while pop-up spreads with accessible text depict cutaway views of courtly life upstairs and the toiling peasants below. Best of all is the giant opening spread of the castle itself, with minibook pop-ups that show details of the layout within the fortress walls. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Chatty text and cleanly designed pop-up illustrations provide a hasty overview of life during the Middle Ages. Spreads briefly cover the construction and exterior footprint of a fortress; rooms (from the chapel above to the dungeon below); jobs performed by craftsmen and inhabitants; knighthood, armor, and weapons; a tournament; and a feast. Information is presented in a smoothly flowing narrative that tends toward the enthusiastic ("Without an impressive and impregnable castle, you'd be in danger of losing your crown, your title, your lands-even your head!"). There is no glossary, but terms such as "parapets," "oubliette," and "trebuchet" are defined in context. Featuring scenes such as a multifloored castle interior, a shiny suit of armor, and a joust (with a pull-tab that moves horses toward one another), the pop-ups are colorful and sturdily constructed. Eye-catching details abound in the cartoon-style illustrations; two men nap after a meal on the fortress roof, an extremely unhappy "gong farmer" cleans the garderobe pit, and a serving woman receives an unwanted pinch during a feast. Libraries having the dough for "solteties" (sugar-sculpted desserts served by the wealthy) should consider purchasing this fun-to-browse book, while those starved for funds should stick with meatier fare.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641941061
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Sabuda & Reinhart Present Series
  • Pages: 12
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda
Robert Sabuda
Children's book creator and pop-up book pioneer Robert Sabuda is a master at making both classic and original stories come to life, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to his own magical Winter's Tale.

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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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Good for leisurely flip throughs

    This book is full of imagination and charm. I've found it wonderful for leisurely flip throughs when I want something more than just text to occupy my senses. Also works great to entertain guests on the coffee table. The writing is not well done but is overshadowed by the pop-ups and colorful pictures. For anyone who is a fan of Sabuda or who enjoys figuring out the mechanics of things, this book is quite enjoyable. I often create pop-ups myself so I was thrilled to see Sabuda in action with Castles.<BR/>I've only read one other Sabuda pop-up book though, and it was better than this one. The action of the movements are quite satisfactory and seem durable enough for children 7 to 85.<BR/>Spoiler warning: There is one scene of a castle's torture chamber depicted in a small corner of one of the pop-ups. This is the only objectionable material if young children are reading it, however, I do appreciate Sabuda's dedication to realism by portraying it. The scene shows a man in chains against a wall with a wound. In front of him is another man who has rocks piled on top of him meant to slowly crush him to death. The image is tramatically done, but is not noticeable if one is just flipping through the book.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Castle Intrejects Realism along with Education

    Wow! The graphical information along with the anticipation of what's on the next page kept me, an adult, delighted. The descriptive information given was great for adults as well as children grades three on up. I loved the expressions on the children's faces and their absolute attention as I read with them. The Castle is one that I will keep handy in my library. To date, the jury is still out on who enjoys it the most, the reader, or the observer. It's a book that must be seen to be apreciated.

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    So, what is a knight?

    If your kids are asking "What is a knight?", then this book is for you. The book is informative and the illustrations are terrific.

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