Fairies and Magical Creatures (Encyclopedia Mythologica Series)

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Introducing a dazzling new series premiere! The world’s pop-up masters invite you to peek inside the fairy realm as it transforms before your eyes.

Open this entrancing book and meet Shakespeare’s Queen Titania, springing up with her silver wings aflutter. Further on, a crystalline elfin castle rises into the clouds, not far from some scary hobgoblins and trolls. And on a truly stunning spread, a humanoid magical tree spreads its branches to reveal a face within its foliage, ...

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Overview

Introducing a dazzling new series premiere! The world’s pop-up masters invite you to peek inside the fairy realm as it transforms before your eyes.

Open this entrancing book and meet Shakespeare’s Queen Titania, springing up with her silver wings aflutter. Further on, a crystalline elfin castle rises into the clouds, not far from some scary hobgoblins and trolls. And on a truly stunning spread, a humanoid magical tree spreads its branches to reveal a face within its foliage, while flowers unfold and rearrange their petals, turning into flower fairies. Visiting mythical beings around the world, from household brownies to the merfolk lurking deep below the sea, this breathtaking 3-D book, brimming with facts and fancy, will hold humans of all ages in its spell.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Initiating the Encyclopedia Mythologica series, Reinhart and Sabuda preserve the complex format of the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series: a dramatic pop-up towers over each spread, surrounded by flaps and corner gatefolds that open up more surprises. The subject matter ranges from Pegasus to Perrault, Titania and satyrs to Serbian lore on approaching an enchanted bird (it involves no bathing for 40 days and carrying eggs in the armpits). As inventive as Reinhart and Sabuda's admirers expect, the paper engineering consistently enhances the text: it's frequently integral, not merely an added novelty. In a section on changelings, for example, a pull of a flap switches a baby into an imp. Note that the emphasis on global legends as well as a palette heavy on blues, purples and reds widen the audience way past the girly-girl set. FYI: Sabuda watchers can expect his Peter Pan from Simon & Schuster in November. Ages 5-up. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Like the others in the "Encyclopedia Mythologica" series, Fairies… is filled to overflowing with its six double pages of dramatic, large, beautifully crafted pop-ups in the center, and several smaller intricate ones tucked into the corners and sides of each. There is no "story" as such. Each pop-up portrays and offers detailed information about one or more magical creatures, with backgrounds in legend and folklore, from Shakespeare and Perrault through elves and gnomes to animals, other forces of nature, and inhabitants of the deep ocean from all over the world. The pop-ups are prime examples of paper engineering at its most complex. Titania emerges from a bed of flowers, her wings fluttering, reaching out to welcome us. Windows and door open so we can visit the courtyard pond of the home of the elves. Purple hippocamps emerge from the waves pulling the seashell carriage bearing Poseidon and his queen. The paintings are a bit of a disappointment, however, lacking the inventive strength and vitality of the three-dimensional creations. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 1-6

Through fanciful three-dimensional artwork and well-written narrative, Reinhart and Sabuda introduce the whimsical, mostly hidden world of fairies and their kin. Examples of fey folk from different countries and cultures cavort about the pages, including bumblebee-riding pillywiggins (England and Wales), the shy abatwa who sleep in anthills (South Africa), and the unruly kappa that have been known to kidnap toddlers (Japan). Elves and gnomes, a menagerie of enchanted creatures, nature spirits, and mythical dwellers of the deep are also covered. From a delightful rendering of Shakespeare's Titania (complete with fluttering wings), to a frontal view of a unicorn gracefully lifting its head, to a movement-filled image of Amphitrite and Poseidon in their aquatic chariot, the paper sculptures are elegant and enticing. Additional foldout booklets, also embellished with pop-ups, assist in presenting the well-researched text, which concisely conveys a great deal of information. Though its delicate design makes it difficult to circulate, this handsome volume could be used for display or to introduce or inspire further study of folklore, mythology, and literature.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763631727
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Series: Encyclopedia Mythologica Series
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 281,396
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart is the co-creator of the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series. He has also created many other award-winning pop-up books, including CINDERELLA, STAR WARS: THE POP-UP GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, and MOMMY? by Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks. He lives in New York City.

Robert Sabuda is the co-creator of all three Encyclopedia Prehistorica books. He is also the creator of many other stunning best-selling pop-up books, including AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. He lives in New York City.

Biography

Matthew Reinhart, in his own words:

I was born to Gary and Judith Reinhart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in September of 1971. My dad soon joined the Navy as a jet fighter pilot, so we moved around a lot when I was young. Florida, Texas, Illinois, California, Virginia, South Carolina -- all over! Dad wanted to be more than a pilot (which was pretty amazing itself) so he went to dental school and studied to be an oral surgeon. Mom and I followed along, and soon we were joined by my little sister, Erin. Often times, Dad's training took him to places we couldn't always follow (even on aircraft carriers), so Mom took care of us. My childhood was filled with good times -- I don't think it could have been much better. Actually, I've never really felt like it ever ended!

Art was always a tremendously huge part of my life. Drawing pictures and making crafts were my favorite activities in school and out. I drew whenever and where ever I could! My school notebooks often had more drawings than notes. I loved animals (and still do) so I drew them everywhere. Dinosaurs, like I think about every kid on the planet, were my favorite and I could rattle off the name of every single one before I could add or subtract. As I got older, I was captivated by the movie Star Wars. The richness of the universe George Lucas created on the screen fueled my young imagination. Creatures, monsters, spaceships, and action heroes filled my many sketchbooks growing up.

Like most high school graduates, I wasn't completely focused on a career. I didn't know there were cool jobs like paper engineer (that's a pop-up designer, in case you didn't know) or that I could make a living being a children's book illustrator. Like most doctors' children, I was convinced to study biology to prepare for medical school. College was great, but I wasn't really happy. Medicine was not my calling. I'd always taken art classes along with my biology courses, so I had built up a bit of a portfolio. I moved to New York after college, and met Robert Sabuda, paper engineer extraordinaire, doing some volunteer work. His book, Christmas Alphabet had just come out, and he told me he had studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I was inspired -- so, with the blessing and support of my understanding parents, I enrolled as an industrial design (specifically toy design) student the following year.

Pratt was fantastic, though my initial dreams of being a toy designer soon transformed into paper engineer with the help of Mr. Sabuda. I really got into pop-ups after working with Robert on books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, ABC Disney and Movable Mother Goose. My first big break in the pop-up world was The Pop Up Book Of Phobias, which was my first solo paper engineered book. Since then, I've gradually began to illustrate and paper engineer my own titles or occasionally co-author with Robert. So here I am!

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Sabuda:

"My first job at the tender age of 16 was at a frozen yogurt shop called This Can't Be Yogurt, or TCBY. Wow, did I get chubby working there! We ate so much of the yogurt (which at the time wasn't fat-or-sugar-free) and the toppings like candy and hot fudge, too. It was a fun first job, though I remember the owner of the store was kind of rough on us and would sit in his car and watch us from the parking lot for hours.

"I am a devoted Transformers fan from the very beginning, back in 1984. Until all are one (only die-hard Trans-fans know what that means!), I must have hundreds if not a thousand different Autobots and Decepticons that I've collected over the years, from the original ‘80s Transformers to Beast Wars: Transformers to the current series -- which is awesome, by the way -- Transformers: Cybertron. They were actually one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a toy designer when I was younger, and I almost got a job at Hasbro working on them in the late ‘90s. Thank goodness I didn't take it! The way I figure it, pop-ups are kind of like paper Transformers. I'd love to do a Transformers pop-up book one day. You listening, Hasbro?"

"As a kid, I hated sweaters. I used to dread getting sweaters at Christmas time -- since I would have to wear it for whichever relative had given it to me. I thought they were too ‘stitchy,' or itchy. My skin must have been super sensitive back then. Thankfully, I've gotten over it."

"I am an exercise freak -- my day is not complete without an early morning trip to the gym. I run, lift weights, jump rope, bike ride and pretty much anything else to get my blood pumping!"

"I don't like tomatoes unless they've been chopped into unrecognizable pieces."

"I do like jumbo shrimp, double tall soy mochas from Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme glazed crème-filled doughnuts -- a whole lot."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1971
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.S. in Biological Sciences, Clemson University, 1994; Graduate Degree in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 1998
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2008

    A beautiful book, well worth the money.

    I have enjoyed most all of Reinhart/sabuda books, but Fairies is by far and away the best. The art is wonderful, delightful, full of joy and surprises. The facts about the different fairies from so many cultures was surprising and informative. Not all the fairies are the sweet "girl" fairies. There are fire and dragon fairies, and even mean, scary fairies. (A 6 year old, male opinion) this book is very well done, and has been enjoyed by the 3 to 43 year old set in my family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    A beautiful pop-up book!

    I was looking for a pop-up book to give to my mother, and happened upon this one. The quality of the pop-ups is excellent, and they are not only beautiful ~ they are durable, too! I hope this becomes her new Grandma Story Book for the grandkids!!

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    Posted August 31, 2009

    Pop Up books

    We collect pop up books and Matthew Reinhart are always one of the best.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

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    Fairies return

    Once again, Robert Sabuda transports us to the land of fairies with his amazing colors, figures and intricate designs. this is a perfect companion book to his previous fairy book, although I liked the previous one's graphics and colors better. Perfect gift for a 6-8 year old girl who is into reading fairy books.

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