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The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz: A Commemorative Popup (The Childhood of Famous Americans Series) [Board book]

L. Frank Baum
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Pop-Ups Illustrate A Timeless Classic! March 20 2004
Robert Sabuda is one of my favorite illustrators and certainly the most renowned pop-up book artist and paper engineer working today. Combine Sabuda's entrancing three dimensional illustrations with Frank Baum's glorious story about Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Toto and their amazing adventures in the Land of Oz and you have pure magic!
The pop-up illustrations are quite intricate, with artwork that's faithful to W. W. Denslow's original illustrations. Sabuda works in a fresh, new style here using prints made from cut linoleum blocks. He brings the drawings to life in a way that will enchant children and adults alike. Each page contains a large pop-up and a small booklet which tells part of the story. And each mini-book contains small pop-ups too. There's a cyclone that really twists, a wizard's balloon that sails into the sky, holographic foil creates a true, sparkling Emerald City made even greener with the included green glasses for the reader
The text is slightly abridged so I would suggest that true "Wizard of Oz" fans include an unabridged copy in their library. I recently bought a copy for my cousin's little girl. She calls it her "magic book" and can't seem to put it down. This very special edition, published to commemorate the book's 100th Anniversary, is well worth the price and will surely find a place of honor on your bookshelf. It is spectacular!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding. Dec 19 2002
What's the most fun you've ever had with a piece of art before?
The most fun I've ever had, I have to confess, is opening this book to the pages featuring the Wizard's famous hot air balloon. The set piece, shiny and with its own basket holding the wizard, jumps quite literally off the pages, then swings back and forth in front of you. The amount of joy I experienced with this book at that moment was immeasurable.
What's fun about the book, which also has this huge, swirling cyclone in its opening pages that jumps out at you, is that it also remains surprisingly faithful to L. Frank Baum's original WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, keeping much of the text intact (though, for obvious reasons, the book is not taken and reprinted verbatim) while having the pop-up art serve as a variation upon the original illustrations when possible.
I got one of these for myself, one for all the little girls in my family and one for a friend in my office who just needed cheering up one day. It inspires you to read the great story. It inspires you to play with the emerald-colored glasses and all the pop-up images in the side flaps.
I was a fan of pop-up books as a kid, but this is the best, most accessible and most beautiful one I have ever held in my hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent tribute to a literary classic Dec 16 2002
By audrey
I have admired Robert Sabuda for a long time, but he has truly outdone himself in this wonderful pop-up tribute to one of children's literature's classics. There is plenty of text here (which can sometimes be a failing of pop-up books), presented within miniature booklets on each page, and these mini-books have pop-ups themselves, which may be less ambitious than the seven centerpiece artworks, but are quite beautiful and clever in their own right. The text matches Baum's book rather than the movie, so you will find that the witch uses a magic cap to summon the Winged Monkeys, and Dorothy inherit's the Wicked Witch's silver shoes rather than ruby slippers.
There are no pull-tabs and nothing for you to do other than enjoy Sabuda's artistry as a cyclone ascends over the Kansas prairie, the Munchkins approach Dorothy's house in Munchkinland, a field of red poppies appears to put some of the travellers to sleep, the Emerald City (complete with green spectacles!) rises from the page, the Wicked Witch's castle emerges, Oz's balloon takes off and Glinda greets the adventurers in the country of the long-necked Quadlings.
This would be a fabulous introduction to the story for older youngsters or a fine collectible. Really beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Magical experience" Feb. 15 2001
By Tane
I collect children's books that are "special" and added this book to my collection as one of my favorites! The experience of looking through the pop-ups can only be described as a "magical experience". The illustrations are done in a nostalgic format with vivid colors. The first page really grabbed me...when you open it up a tornato rises up in a whirling motion and goes completely off of the page. There is fine detail (look under the house in "Munchkinland" and you will actually see the wicked witches feet underneath). Emerald City pops up and actually glitters before your eyes (you would swear it was really made of emeralds)! Oz's hot air balloon rises out of one page and spins in suspension. This is more of a collector book and I would not recommend putting it in the hands of a young child to do with as he/she pleases! It is just too beautiful! But, you would definately have fun viewing/reading the book to a young child...and a child of seven or eight would probably be old enough to care for it! There are also several small pop-ups within the sections you open up and read that are quite charming! There is quite alot of story to read within small sections of the pages, or within flaps that open up. But; if you are a collector of "Oz" memorabilia, or love creative pop-up books... this book would be a great addition to your family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOPs
completely fabulous. Hard to tell if mum or kids enjoy it most. I found whispering the story kept my Ms Little Hands quiet and still enough to enjoy the story without the book... Read more
Published 26 days ago by mum of twins
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!
Amazing art and detail in this book! I'll be purchasing the Alice in Wonderland. Can't wait to give this one to my nephew.
Published 6 months ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My nieces absolutely love these books. They are a bit young for them, 5 y o, you have to watch them, may tear.
Published 7 months ago by Olena Grebeniuk
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is the most beautiful book, with real attention to detail. I can't wait to read it to my granddaughter.
Published on Aug. 31 2011 by Laurie K. C. Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is impressive! Something really great for Wizard of Oz enthusiasts to keep for years. Don't buy it intending it for small children to handle independently, though. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by 2Kids'Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Pop up book ever!
Hey buy this one for your young friends and read it with them and share the 3-D glasses! Its wonderful you gotta see it to belive it! I am one happy reader!!
Published on Jan. 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my eyes pop up!
Sabuda is a genius. There are popups inside of popups in this book. Each page has a large popup tableau, then on the sides are more popups in sub-books that contain the text. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Mark Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is AMAZING!!
My son got this for Christmas and I will admit that I have stolen it from him. It is one of the most fantastic, whimsical books I have ever laid my hands on. Highly recommended!!
Published on Dec 29 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Change in manufacturer is evident in quality of book.
I collect Robert Sabuda's books and love to give them as gifts. The copy I recently ordered was a disapointment. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Y. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Sit Down and Read Time
All of these pop-up books by Robert Sabuda are beautiful but delicate and not reccommended to be left with children under the age of 6-7. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003
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