The Fantastic Fairy Tale Pop-U

Ron Van Der Meer, Author, Tracey Williamson, Illustrator, Fran Thatcher, Illustrator Random House Books for Young Readers $16 (10p) ISBN 978-0-679-83869-2
Van der Meer ( The Art Pack ) may be one of the most innovative of paper engineers, but this latest 3-D enterprise falls somewhat flat. Four spreads open to pop-up settings: a gingerbread house, with a window revealing a witch feeding Hansel as Gretel stokes the fire; Sleeping Beauty's tower; Cinderella's hearth (the castle is in the background); Little Red Riding Hood's granny's cottage. Each is handsomely painted and features a pull-tab or two; Sleeping Beauty's tower is shuttered with flaps that lift. This elaborate presentation, however, doesn't lead anywhere and does not in itself sustain reader interest. Although a pamphlet tucked into a pocket on each spread tells the relevant fairy tale, these texts are pedestrian and the production values low. It's a little like seeing the sets for a lavishly staged opera and being handed a libretto, only to be told there's no performance. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/28/1993
Release date: 07/01/1993
Genre: Children's
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