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Frankenstein: A Pop-Up Book
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With its riveting blend of horror and science fiction, Frankenstein has gripped the publics imagination since its publication in 1818. Now Sam Ita, the genius of paper engineering and art, transforms Mary Shelleys tragic masterpiece into an unforgettable, stunning, and accessible pop-up book.
For the third time, Ita—who created the magnificent Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea pop-ups—successfully captures the rich, dark drama of his source through amazing images. The entire story unfolds almost cinematically, in a potent mix of graphic novel panels and spectacular three-dimensional designs. The gothic building where Dr. Frankenstein carries out his sinister experiment rises high on the page; a scaffold, complete with a rope noose, emerges threateningly; and the misunderstood, rageful monster looms large and menacing, ready to destroy all in his path.
This is pure visual magic, and a wonderful way to experience a classic.
"Ita reimagines Shelley's classic as a graphic novel that pairs fragments of the original text with cartoon images, comic book conventions (like speech bubbles), and pop-ups and other interactive elements. Victor Frankenstein resembles more a shabby office employee than a 19th-century scientist; he sometimes speaks in contemporary dialogue ('I can't wait for this experiment to be over. I need a vacation'), which sits oddly beside more formal lines. Pull-tab effects and pop-ups highlight key moments: horror dawns on Frankenstein's face as he beholds his creation; the oafish monster looms over his child victim, William; and Frankenstein sets fire to the female body parts he's collected. An unusual and intriguing homage. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.) Four picture books examine the food we eat and where it comes from." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Ita, the genius of paper engineering and art, transforms Mary Shelley's tragic masterpiece into an unforgettable, stunning, and accessible pop-up book. Full color.
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