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Fairies and Magical Creatures (Encyclopedia Mythologica Series)

by Matthew Reinhart
 

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

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763631727
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Series:
Encyclopedia Mythologica Series , #1
Pages:
12
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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