Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale by Matthew Reinhart

This week's featured picture books (part of this month's a picture book a day offering) will be pop-up books. Those of you who know me well enough by now know I adore pop-up books and collect them.

Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale

Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale by Matthew Reinhart is much more elaborate than most picture books with Reinhart having worked with Robert Sabuda over the years, one of the people who helped bring pop-ups back into vogue and into a higher level of artistry for mass consumers.

From the publisher:

Matthew Reinhart's resplendent retelling of Cinderella comes to life with intricate pop-ups, foil, ribbons, acetate, and amazing dimensional surprises. The stunning transformation of a pumpkin into a magnificent coach, a rat into a coachman, and Cinderella into a beautiful princess is pure magic.

About the Author
Matthew Reinhart, a graduate of the Pratt Institute, is the highly acclamied author of Animal Popposites, The Ark, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book for Little Simon. His pop-up career began while working with Robert Sabuda on books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Movable Mother Goose, before breaking into the world of pop-ups on his own. Matthew lives in New York City.
And here are some images, two each of three spreads. If you are familiar with Sabuda and Reinhart's work, you know that the magic of their pop-ups goes beyond three dimensional paper rendering and ascends into magical transformations from one thing to another as the pages open. There is no way to really convey that with photos, but these try to do so somewhat successfully.

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