The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book of Opposites

Overview

David A. Carter brings the unique aesthetic of his award-winning color series to the younger set in The Happy Little Yellow Box.

This highly interactive novelty book follows a friendly yellow box as he journeys high and low, near and far—until finally resting in a spot that is “just right.” This fun, engaging read introduces the first concepts of colors, counting, shapes, and opposites through the use of pop-ups, pull-tabs, and more!

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Overview

David A. Carter brings the unique aesthetic of his award-winning color series to the younger set in The Happy Little Yellow Box.

This highly interactive novelty book follows a friendly yellow box as he journeys high and low, near and far—until finally resting in a spot that is “just right.” This fun, engaging read introduces the first concepts of colors, counting, shapes, and opposites through the use of pop-ups, pull-tabs, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A smiley-faced yellow box assumes different roles and interacts with white chalk-drawn elements against plain black pages in this joyful exploration of opposites. Transformed into a helicopter, the yellow box rises upward in a pop-up ("High and low with the Happy Little Yellow Box"). In other spreads, the box becomes the back of a truck (horses emerge via tab to demonstrate in versus out) and peeks out of windows in two houses to emphasize near and far. Readers' smiles will match that of the box in this winning blend of minimalism, movement, and personality. Ages 3–up. (July)
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The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-up Book of Opposites
David A. Carter. Little Simon, $12.99 (18p) ISBN 978-1-4169-4096-8
A smiley-faced yellow box assumes different roles and interacts with white chalk-drawn elements against plain black pages in this joyful exploration of opposites. Transformed into a helicopter, the yellow box rises upward in a pop-up ("High and low with the Happy Little Yellow Box"). In other spreads, the box becomes the back of a truck (horses emerge via tab to demonstrate in versus out) and peeks out of windows in two houses to emphasize near and far. Readers' smiles will match that of the box in this winning blend of minimalism, movement, and personality. Ages 3–up. (July)

Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2012, *STAR

Kirkus Reviews
A smiling square demonstrates eight pairs of opposites thanks to a sturdy array of pull-tabs, nested flaps and pop-ups. Though the title conjures up echoes of Lane Smith's satiric Happy Hocky Family (1993), this is really no more (and no less) than a straightforward concept item. Against solid black backgrounds, a smiling box and a minimal set of props or figures drawn in simple white lines demonstrate "outside" and "inside," "open" and "close," "near" and "far," and like relationships identified by straightforward captions. Starting out as a hinged flap, the box goes on with aid from sliders, pull-tabs and artfully angled supports to represent a variety of things. A helicopter flies "[h]igh and low with the Happy Little Yellow Box," an apartment building's electric lights flash "[o]ff and on with the Happy Little Yellow Boxes," and a garage door, a truck and an elevator are put through their paces. On the final spread, the smiling box opens into a "[l]arge" cube that contains a "small" version of itself visible through a window. A small gem, elegantly simple from patterned text to creatively engineered moving parts. (Pop-up/concept book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857078503
  • Publisher: Tango Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Carter is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. He is also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots (named a Best Illustrated Book of 2007 by The New York Times), Yellow Square,and White Noise. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Auburn, California.

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