Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up Book

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Puff, the Magic Dragon flies into a new dimension in this spectacular, deluxe pop-up book. Master paper engineer Bruce Foster, who created the bestselling Harry Potter pop-up, brings Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton's timeless song to life via nine lavish spreads, plus extra gatefold pops and enchanting special effects.

In the magnificent finale, a fully dimensional Puff greets readers, presenting them with the ...

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Puff, the Magic Dragon flies into a new dimension in this spectacular, deluxe pop-up book. Master paper engineer Bruce Foster, who created the bestselling Harry Potter pop-up, brings Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton's timeless song to life via nine lavish spreads, plus extra gatefold pops and enchanting special effects.

In the magnificent finale, a fully dimensional Puff greets readers, presenting them with the book's accompanying audio CD, which features four songs recorded by Peter Yarrow.

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"Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea/ And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee..." For almost half a century, this song by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton has been lulling children to sleep and pleasing audiences at singalongs. Now this beloved song appears as a pretty pop-up picture enhanced by a four-song CD recorded by Yarrow himself.

Publishers Weekly
Puybaret’s capricious paintings combine elegantly with pop-up engineering by Bruce Foster in a condensed, interactive version of this bestselling 2007 picture book. The story unfolds in six graceful pop-up scenes, some of which have side panels that conceal additional pop-up effects. Dolphins wearing red-and-white striped shirts and graduation caps frolic alongside Jackie and Puff’s pop-up ship with “billowed sail,” and a gatefold flap reveals three friendly pirates who “lower their flag when Puff roared out his name.” Foster’s pop-ups place strong emphasis on the interactions between Puff and the children—both Jackie Paper and a girl who takes his place in the final scene. Includes a four-song CD recording. Agent: Screenland Literary Associates. Ages 3–up. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this pop-up version of the classic song's 2007 print edition, Puybaret's softly hued scenes of the big green dragon and his human buddy, Jackie Paper, cavorting over land and sea have been engineered into six low-relief 3-D tableaux, plus three side flaps. Aside from pirates bowing and lowering their flag behind one flap, hardly anything moves, and as in the original book, the three sparsely worded verses and seven repetitions of the chorus are the only text—though the final illustration points to a happier ending than the lyrics themselves suggest. Packaged as previously with a four-track CD (including a performance by Yarrow and his daughter of "Blue Tail Fly," this edition is suitable for display, and it joins its earlier iteration in being a visually low-key way for parents or grandparents to share a favorite song from their youth.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The magic dragon rides again, this time incarnated in a pop-up. In 2007, this artist and publisher did quite a nice picture book of the lyrics to the song written by Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) and Lipton. This is pretty much the same version, gussied up a little with pop-ups. Mostly, they take Puybaret's gentle, smooth-edged, muted greens, browns, and blues and layer them three-dimensionally. Dolphins with mortarboards and gondolier shirts frolic, as do the peopleflies instead of dragonflies. In the end, it is a little girl (perhaps Jackie's daughter, as he isn't present) who comes to Honalee to awaken Puff once again to frolic in the autumn mist. A CD with four tunes is included, two of them versions of "Puff" but neither of those the original: One is a much-less-spirited version with Yarrow and his daughter Bethany singing; one is an instrumental. The other two numbers, also on the less-energetic side, are "Froggie Went A-Courtin' " and "The Blue Tail Fly." The latter, although sung by generations of children, does have historical lyrics with ambiguous meanings related to slavery, and one wonders about its inclusion here. While this pop-up version adds little to Puff's enduring charm, at least it does not distract. (Pop-up/picture book. 3-6)
Pamela Paul
…exquisite paper engineering. Bruce Foster…goes well beyond the old pull-a-tab.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402787119
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 68,749
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Yarrow
Peter Yarrow is a member of the iconic '60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Along with Lenny Lipton, he wrote the beloved song and now hit book Puff, the Magic Dragon. Yarrow is a Grammy® winner and an Emmy® nominee for his animated TV specials based on Puff. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Yarrow is proudest of the Allard K. Lowenstein Award, which he received for advancing the causes of human rights, peace, and freedom. In addition to extensive touring and performing, Peter is active in Operation Respect, an organization that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools across the country. He lives in New York City.

Eric Puybaret graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Puff, the Magic Dragon was his first American picture book. He has since published The Nutcracker, retold by John Cech, for Sterling as well as several picture books for other publishers. He lives in France.

Bruce Foster is the award-winning paper engineer of nearly 40 pop-up books, including his latest bestseller, Harry Potter. His work has been selected three times for the Today show's annual Top Ten Hot List, and his pop-up magic can be seen throughout the Disney movie, Enchanted. Bruce has worked with some of the leading names in children's publishing, including Caldecott nominee Mo Willems and Charles Schulz. His work has been exhibited at the National Museum of American History, and been featured by the Movable Books Society and the Smithsonian Institute Library. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Bought this for my granddaughter - what a delightful book! For me, it brought back so many memories of the song, the era... And what fun to share that with her via this wonderful book.

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    Awesome book

    Puff the Magic Dragon was my favorite song as a child, so I was so excited to see it as a book. It's a great book! The pop ups are very cool too!!

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