Christmas: A Pop-up Stocking Stuffer

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A beautiful stocking-stuffer-sized pop-up book pulled from the bestselling pop-up THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET.

Inspiring pop-ups from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart's bestselling pop-up book THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET beautifully form the word "christmas" in this stocking-stuffer sized book. Priced at just $9.99, this is a perfect holiday gift, as well as a must-have collectible for Sabuda and Reinhart's many fans.

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New York 2006 Hardcover First Edition; First Printing Near Fine 0439845688. Pop-up; 16mo 6"-7" tall; 18 pages; Small format HC in silver metallic and color illustrated boards. ... 1st printing. Signed by Sabuda inside the front cover on the pastedown. Pop up book by the masterful Sabuda with a mechanical for each of the letters of "Christmas." Mechanical pop-ups are immaculate. Just a whisper of shelf evidence to boards/externals. NF; Signed by Author. Read more Show Less

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2006 Hardcover Very Good Signed. First Edition. 1st edition, SIGNED by author. Book is in wonderful condition; boards are clean and sharp, as new; pop-ups are immaculate and ... fully functional; binding is solid. A very nice collectible copy. Read more Show Less

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Overview


A beautiful stocking-stuffer-sized pop-up book pulled from the bestselling pop-up THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET.

Inspiring pop-ups from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart's bestselling pop-up book THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET beautifully form the word "christmas" in this stocking-stuffer sized book. Priced at just $9.99, this is a perfect holiday gift, as well as a must-have collectible for Sabuda and Reinhart's many fans.

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Publishers Weekly
Robert Sabuda fans will appreciate the ingenious use of his paper engineering from The Christmas Alphabet in the mini-pop-up Christmas, which culls from Alphabet only the nine letters of the title, to make a most elegant little package. A silver foil cover frames the jolly face of St. Nick-who also stars in the S finale. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you are familiar with The Christmas Alphabet, then you will want to obtain your very own miniature pop-up entitled Christmas. This is a pop-up book that will fit in your hand. Most of the pop-ups are white on solid backgrounds with just a touch of color for emphasis such as a flame from a candle or Santa's red suit. The pages all lead up to the final spread where Santa with arms stretched wide holds a banner that says "Merry Christmas." I was particularly attracted to the snowflake and the angel with the silver wings. The artwork is deceptively simple as are the pop-ups. Any child or adult would find this an extra special treat in a Christmas stocking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439845687
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 18
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.78 (w) x 5.76 (h) x 1.38 (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."

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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 January 26, 2012

    Beautiful artistry!

    We have long been fans of Robert Sabuda's pop-up books. This was bought(along with other favorites) as part of a shower gift for a friend's soon-to-be grandchild to get their library off to a great start.

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