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Gods and Heroes Pop-Up (Encyclopedia Mythologica Series)

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by Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda
 

The creators of the New York Times best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series offer a mythic look at the mysteries of the past with an entire pantheon of remarkable pop-ups.

For all of recorded history, humans have sought to understand Earth’s mysteries in the realm of the divine — and aspired to conduct themselves as heroes. Only gods, of

Overview

The creators of the New York Times best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series offer a mythic look at the mysteries of the past with an entire pantheon of remarkable pop-ups.

For all of recorded history, humans have sought to understand Earth’s mysteries in the realm of the divine — and aspired to conduct themselves as heroes. Only gods, of course, could push the sun across the sky,forge entire continents, and impel mountains to touch the clouds. In this stunning volume, the incomparable team of Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda take us to Ra-Atum’s land in Ancient Egypt; above the Grecian clouds to Zeus’s Mount Olympus; up to Norse god Odin’s frozen north; to the Far East, where the Jade Emperor sits in the heavens; into the wilds of Oceania, where Pele’s volcanic rage simmers below the earth; and to many more lands and times, all rich with sacred myths and legends.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In this volume of the "Encyclopedia Mythologica" pop-up series, gods and heroes from the myths of ancient Egypt, Greece, the Norsemen, China, Japan, Oceania, and the New World overflow the pages in six large pop-ups and many smaller ones on the double pages. The tales told about them are summarized clearly in the accompanying texts. The images are thoughtfully representative of their ancient sources: the Egyptian characters reflecting tomb paintings; the complexity of Mount Olympus with its multiple facets; the intricate details of the ship Argo with its wind-filled sails; an almost-alive Odin emerging from the clouds in his winged helmet. The small pop-ups are equally well engineered and impressive. All add visually to the informative text. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 3–8—This handsome volume introduces beings powerful enough to "push the seasons forward, forge mighty civilizations, and shape the very earth." Six gloriously illustrated spreads, each graced by a dramatic paper-sculpture centerpiece and additional fold-out booklets, provide a glimpse at gods and heroes from around the world along with appetite-whetting tidbits of myths and legends. Represented are the deities of ancient Egypt, the Greek pantheon, mortal champions of the classical world, Norse gods and goddesses, Asian and Polynesian divinities, and the "Great Spirits of the New World." The artwork, set against pastel backdrops, combines traditional images with modern sensibilities to stunning effect. An airy pop-up of Olympus includes all 12 primary gods; a pull-tab flips miniature pages to reveal Herakles's 12 labors; a 3-D Thor swings his famed hammer down with a powerful thrust; hot-headed Pele emerges from a volcano base; Spider Woman weaves a celestial web out of silver cord; and more. The text covers a lot of ground but is well written and works hand-in-hand with the striking, innovative illustrations to encourage further exploration. Use this attention-grabbing overview to brew up reader interest and launch studies of ancient cultures and mythology.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
From Fairies and Magical Creatures (2008), the rock stars of the pop-up world move on to deities in volume two of their Encyclopedia Mythologica. Egyptian, Greek (the Romans are elided), Norse, Asian and New World mythologies (Africa is entirely ignored) each receive the duo's customary dazzling, perfunctory treatment. A giant central pop-up (Anubis, Olympus, a pretty fabulous hammering Thor, etc.) serves as a focal point, while folios to the side contain additional, smaller pop-ups and brief character sketches or stories. While the impulse toward comprehensiveness is essentially praiseworthy, the package might have been stronger if they had limited themselves more. The coverage of Asian, Oceanic and North and South American mythoses is so scant it only serves to diminish the subject and confuse readers. Now, an entire book on the 12 labors of Heracles—that would have been mighty cool indeed. (Pop-up. 8-12)
Abby McGanney Nolan
From initial startle to final analysis…a well-made pop-up book is all about surprise; it's a further astonishment when the text is worth reading. Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart…have crafted concise and lively versions of many of the world's ancient myths and legends. But the ingenious paper structures that emerge from every spread and collapse back again are the big draw.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Reinhard and Sabuda continue to raise the bar in their second Encyclopedia Mythologica pop-up (following Fairies and Magical Creatures), a global tour of gods and other deities. Multiple stories unfold on each page within layered tableaus in miniature booklets, like treasures to be unveiled. A sort of flip book detailing Hercules's 12 tasks is triggered by pull-tab; one booklet shows the destruction of Atlantis; elsewhere, a grimacing Pele erupts from the spewing lava of a volcano; and the plumed Aztec serpent, Quetzalcoatl, seems to fly toward readers on the final spread. A fun and engaging assemblage that seamlessly marries its form and content. Ages 5–up. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763631710
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
01/04/2010
Series:
Encyclopedia Mythologica Series , #2
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
163,856
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.80(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda is the cocreator of the Encyclopedia Prehistorica and Encyclopedia Mythologica books. He is also the creator of many other 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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