The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Author
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Author , trans. from the French by Richard Howard. HMH $35 (64p) ISBN 978-0-547-26069-3
Reviewed on: 11/16/2009
Release date: 10/01/2009

This unabridged edition of the classic story about the prince from a tiny planet “hardly bigger than a house” integrates the original illustrations into pop-ups, wheels, and flaps. The text is gracefully balanced against the interactive elements as the Prince shares his story: flaps reveal images like the drawing of a sheep that the narrator makes for him, and delicate pop-ups feature characters he's met, like the clownlike lamp lighter. The pleasing visual effects are subtle, but add an appropriate sense of magic. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)