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Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs Pop-Up [Hardcover]

Robert Sabuda , Matthew Reinhart
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July 12 2005 Encyclopedia Prehistorica
From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world's most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet.

Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are "shield bearers" in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself — like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year's dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones.

Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity — an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4–Informational tidbits appear alongside exquisitely designed pop-up constructions in this visually stunning overview of all things dinosaur. Each spread features a spectacular paper sculpture of a particular species (e.g., Ankylosaurus or Triceratops) along with a brief paragraph of text. Smaller foldout sections, which open like miniature books and also incorporate pop-ups, cover additional topics (Dinosaur Detectives and Mystery Extinction) and introduce other dinosaurs and their characteristics. Rendered in warm earth tones and speckled with splashes of color, the three-dimensional creatures move with a life of their own as they gracefully extend their bodies into a full stretch or lurch toward readers with jaws open wide. Be forewarned: the book is so enticing that children will find it impossible to keep their hands off it, possibly causing problems with the delicate pop-ups.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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K-Gr. 3. With Sabuda lending deft paper engineering to artwork rendered by Reinhart, who also wrote this book's text, the Mesozoic's major players leap into three dimensions. Pop-ups featured on the six spreads include a gargantuan brachiosaurus; an anklyosaurus studded with paper spikes; and, perhaps most impressive from a technical standpoint, a minutely detailed T. rex skeleton. Each spread also contains as many as four foldout minibooks, bristling with their own tiny pops. The brief paragraphs of text never go much beyond cute sound bites ("Was It a Can Opener?" asks one headline, referring to the einosaurus' hooked nose horn), and the abstract, textured style in which the pop elements are painted may frustrate some children's efforts to imagine how the oddly angled assemblages translate into real beasts. Information about whether the bold color schemes spring from fact or simple aesthetics would have been a plus. Will these problems prevent this from being gobbled up as voraciously as one spread's allosaurus tucks into a lump of dino flesh? Not on your life. Jennifer Mattson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Pop-up book Nov. 12 2011
By HeeJ
Format:Hardcover
I saw this book at my nephews house and purchased One for my 2.5 year old daughter then, and two more later on. One for myself and one for gift for my other nephew who loves dinosaurs. Perfect gift for any children love dinosaurs. Kids just love it. Although I think appropriate age is 3 and up, since the little fingers could be a bit too rough on some delicate pop-ups.
Opening the pages make the big pop-ups come alive and the little pages on the sides have smaller pop-ups with more information as well. The pop up artwork is beautiful and the contents are very interesting for young minds and adults all the same. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great production June 21 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
From previous excellent experience with Ita books
Excellent for kids 6 and up to 94 (My age)
Hope to see more new pop-up books
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is WOW Nov. 4 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Robert Sabuda is one of the greats when it comes to pop up books.
Each page is an adventure all in itself.
The pop ups come alive on each page. One of my favorite books
Would recommend for children and adults of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabuda is a pop-up master June 9 2006
By gim
Format:Hardcover
Sabuda's Pop-up books are a constantly source of amazement for me and my kids. I am full of admiration for the skill and intricate detail that goes into creating these masterpieces. But it's not only the pop-up art that I like about Encyclopedia Prehistorica. I think it is also a great idea to educate our "little darlings" in this charming and humorous way. As birthday gifts for my other two kids I have also bought Sabuda's "Alice in Wonderland" and first two books from Nowiki's series "Why Some Cats are Rascals" - charming, educational stories with a lot of information from the world of felines and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dinotopia Nov. 29 2005
By E. R. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Back in 1994, before Robert Sabuda had fully gotten into the flow of pop-up picture book art, he created some early pop-ups with names like, "The Mummy's Tomb" and "The Knight's Castle". Even with these fledgling efforts, Sabuda impressed himself on the critics. Said Publisher's Weekly of Sabuda's 1994 titles, "It's rare to find a pop-up book in which the paper-engineering is the servant, not the master, of the art". Fast-forward to 2005 and here we have Mr. Sabuda creating more pitch-perfect pop-up wonders than anyone else in America. Candlewick Press must be hugging itself with glee to have wrested Sabuda from the claims of other publishers. I've avoided reviewing Sabuda pop-up books until this moment for the simple reason that it is very hard to be subjective in the face of his work. On a first reading of "Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs" (which is only the first in the "Encyclopedia Prehistorica" series) I kept trying to assess the factual content of the book alongside the quality of the illustrations. Instead, I'd turn a page and find myself yelling to my husband, "Honey, look! The dinosaur's pulling the guts out of this brontosaurus!!! Come watch!". And he would and I'd try to read some other passage in the book and then yell, "Honey, look! You can make the two little men fight over the dinosaur bones with this one!!! Come watch!". And he would and this would go on for about 40 minutes. Very few picture books have the ability to be precisely as cool to their adult consumers as to the children who are the supposed audience. Sabuda's books are the exception to the rule and this dinosaur book is gonna knock the little suckers dead.

On the cover of this book (fashioned to look as if it were bound in some kind of mottled leather) a sticker proclaims that "Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs" contains, "up-to-the-minute information about more than 50 different dinosaurs". I read this with some interest since the American Museum of Natural History had a recent exhibit of new dino discoveries and I was eager to see whether or not Matthew Reinhart (the oft ignored but nonetheless necessary collaborator to Robert Sabuda's books) would incorporate some of those new facts. What I found were fascinating suppositions, queries, and theories, many of which were entirely unknown to me. I dunno where Reinhart gets his facts (the book doesn't exactly reveal its sources or offer anything so useful as a bibliography) but there's some goofy fun stuff within the pages of this text.

Like many of Sabuda's books, each page the reader turns to offers one big pop-up, and then small booklets that contain even smaller pop-ups. These usually illustrate some kind of side information that relate to the two-page theme. For example, when you turn to the pages about "Long-Necked Giants", the little booklets talk about sauropod defences and the distinguishing characteristics found between the mamenchisaurus, the brontosaurus, the amargosaurus, and the plateosaurus. My spell-check is have conniptions with those names, but never mind. The point is that this layout, already used so well in Sabuda's, "Alice In Wonderland" and "Wizard of Oz" pop-up books, is far better suited to this kind of disjointed non-fiction narrative. It's as if Sabuda has finally found the perfect match to his golly-gee-whiz-bang style.

The book mostly covers different kinds of dinosaurs, and then ends with some speculation on what happened to the dinos in the end. The pop-up on this final two-pages is of an archaeopteryx. Unfortunately, this image doesn't leap from the pages quite as gracefully as the warm-blooded lizards of the previous spreads did. Nevertheless, we get a good schooling in the dino-into-birdy theory, the asteroid-goes-boom theory, and the climate-changes-dinos-go-all-chilly theory.

As I mentioned before, some of the theories in this book are wild. Check out the speculation that the stegosaurus's plated armor may have acted as heat exchangers or (my favorite) they flashed bright colors to warn off rivals or predators. Neon-sign dinosaurs. Cool. Everyone will have their favorite spreads but my particular favs include the already mentioned Victorian scientists tugging on a single bone (you can just make them go back and forth for hours on end) and the allosaurus tugging a raw chunk of bloody meat out of its prey. Of course, Sabuda isn't afraid to play on little kids' eternal love of T. Rex. The pop-out monster will find more than one parent hastily pulling the book back to avoid Rex's snout in their lap.

As a librarian, I feel obligated to comment on the sturdy nature of the pop-ups. Sabuda's books have always, in my experience, fared a little better than the average pop-up productions out there. He avoids common problems like pull-tabs and interactive elements. Sure, you can watch a dinosaur pounce on another in this book, but all you'll be doing is opening and closing some pages. Breakable tabs are non-existent here. This isn't to say that some parts of the book will wear away more quickly than others. A reading of one or two times revealed the stegoceras' claws already bent, but the paper in this book is tough. It's gonna take a lot of tugging, prying, bending, ripping little hands before this book is beat-up enough to thow in the towel.

A couple years ago a children's literature listserv I belong to wondered whether or not the manual labor put into Robert Sabuda's books via China or, in this case, Thailand was morally and ethically sound. And though I do not remember how exactly the answer was arrived at, the conclusion was that these books could be purchased with a thoroughly clear conscience. One less thing to worry about.

The book mentions right from the start the dinner party thrown by Waterhouse Hawkins, making this book an ideal companion to Barbara Kerley's fabulous, "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins". Otherwise, it's hard to find any books out there that can easily be paired with this modern marvel. Definitely grab a copy of Steve Jenkins', "Prehistoric Actual Size" for a similarly unique take on dinos at large. You would think that the well of creativity regarding dinosaur picture books would be almost dry. Jenkins and now Sabuda have proven that this is hardly the case. A strangely witty and remarkably beautiful collection that will have a place of honor on your bookshelf. That is, until you buy the NEXT Sabuda/Reinhart collaboration. Top drawer.
61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! July 17 2005
By Jennifer Metcalf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This pop-up book is absolutely stunning! I bought it for my 6 year old nephew and he absolutely flipped over it. Not only are there huge intricately designed pop-ups on each page, there are also 3 to 4 separate pop-ups under informative flaps on each page as well. This book is the best I have ever seen. I almost kept it for myself!
64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing piece for collectors, dinophiles, and pop-up book lovers July 24 2005
By Terry W. Mccammon II - Published on Amazon.com
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While the text in this is very informative and perhaps a bit too much like a real encyclopedia... well heck, this is a great reference book on dinosaurs in a fabulous package. Sabuda (if you know his work) is a master, and has really captured the fun, the fear, and the feeling of all the really great dinosaurs! Great colors, amazing paper-fold engineering, and its similar in design to the alice in wonderland/wizard of oz. For those of you who dont know these books (and you should get them as well), the pages are designed to have a large center display, with several booklet fold outs on each page. Inside these booklets are miniture foldouts. Really, this allows for more popups per page, and some great space saving.

I highly recommend this newest work! Kids and collectors alike, this is a jewel of any library.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young children July 12 2005
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My 5 year old son just got this book from his grandparents and he absolutely loves it. As soon as it came he made me sit down with him and read the whole thing. He and his 3 year old brother were both fascinated by it. They've both been on a real dinosaur kick lately, and this book is great for them. It's got real information, and the language is simple enough for them to understand (the 5 year old did anyway) without talking down to them at all. It was actually pretty informative even for me, and I've had to read a LOT about dinosaurs in the last few months. My son actually said "This is the book I always wanted!" I have a feeling even much older kids would enjoy this book...including the 38 year old I'm sure will read it when he gets home from work tonight.

The only down side is I'm going to have to store it where our 3 year old can't reach it. I'm sure if he ever got his hands on it unsupervised the pop-ups would be history. No pun intended.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Dec 25 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My nephew just got this for Christmas (he's 7) and gift opening came to a complete halt as we all gathered around. As so many other reviewers have pointed out, these illustrations and pop-ups are just incredible. Even the teens in our group were impressed (as were the adults, but we're an easy sell).

Two things to keep in mind:

1. The text may be a bit challenging for younger children. As another reviewer said, it reads like an encyclopedia. But, I think the maturity of the text makes this more than just a well done children's book and could help younger kids transition into tougher reading.

2. These paper constructs are very complicated and more delicate than your usual pop-up. They seem pretty durable, but there is a lot more that can be messed up by incautious hands. If you have kids under 5, you may need to take extra precautions, because they will want to touch these incredible designs as soon as they see them.
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