Pretty Pop-Up

It is in the nature of pop-up books that they only have a few pages. However, I gotta say that the pages are well-used in the Peanuts: A Pop-Up Celebration. Each page has several pop-up and.or motion features, and the engineering seems quite clever. This is certainly not a minimum pop-up book.
The big pop-up in this include Snoopy on his doghouse, Schroeder and Lucy at the piano. The other pages have more shallow pop-ups, but they have motion items. And every one of the pages has more than one item, with extra suprises hidden behind flaps.
This is a cool thing for a collector. It might be a nice gift for a kid, although I expect it will be a temporary possession. Kids tend to destroy pop-up books; they push and pull harder than one ought, and the cardboard mechanisms get destroyed. But then, I expect that most of these books being ordered through are really going to collectors. How can I tell? Because we’ve sold just as many copies of the quite expensive limited collector’s edition as we have of the far more affordable standard edition!

Classic finds
Review: Christmas Gift Certificates for You

When I ordered a copy of the 1981 Hallmark Peanuts product Christmas Gift Certificates for You, I reckoned it would be one of those novelty coupon books, each page removable and offering the recipient a walk in the snow, help taking down the tree, or some Peanuts-y equivalent thereof. I …

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A pop-up shows up

Here Comes Charlie Brown!: A Peanuts Pop-up, Gene Kannenberg, Jr.’s adaptation of the very first Peanuts strip, is not the first Peanuts book to reprint only a single strip. There was at least one board book that did much the same thing. However, that board book was, at heart, a …

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English Phrases to Comfort Your Heart

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