Roslyn, November 13, 2006 (view all comments by Roslyn)
When you combine the talents of the best children's book illustrator and one of the pre-eminent paper engineers, the results of the Sendak-Reinhart "Mommy?" are an amazing delight for kids of all ages. Pop-up fans will appreciate Sendak's first effort in this genre and all other afficianados are familiar with Reinhart's extraordinary work.
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Jonathan, November 4, 2006 (view all comments by Jonathan)
This is one of the most amazing pop-up books I've ever seen, and it's Maurice Sendak's first. A fantastic set of monsters, all bested by a little boy seeking his mommy.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Children who get the better of monsters are a Sendak specialty, from Where the Wild Things Are to Brundibar. In this light bite of spine-tingling fare created by Sendak, Yorinks (Hey, Al) and Reinhart (Encyclopedia Prehistorica) — sort of a dark twist on Are You My Mother? — a mischievous boy addresses the title question to some unmaternal characters. Sendak's quintessential black-haired boy (with a strong resemblance to Mickey), wearing blue PJs and a red cap, wanders into a haunted house and naively calls, 'Mommy?' Stylized, softened characters from Nosferatu and Lon Chaney creature features unfold in 3-D to menace the child, but the boy might as well be saying, 'Trick or treat?', because he pulls pranks on everyone. A tall Frankenstein's monster gets ready to stomp on him; in a gatefold at the right-hand side of the spread, the disarming toddler jerks the bolts from the startled monster's neck. On a brick roof, the boy surprises a werewolf and a green goblin; the gatefold reveals the boy yanking down the Wolf Man's jeans to reveal silly boxer shorts, while the goblin giggles. In Reinhart's neatest engineering feat — a spinning dowel-and-string contraption — the not-so-harmless boy spins the white wrappings off an Egyptian 'mummy.' The title is the book's only word until the conclusion, when the Bride of Frankenstein at last replies to the child's question. Although the illustrious creators' do not appear until the back cover, readers cannot miss Sendak's signature graphic style. These gags are not too serious, but the suspenseful setups pointedly suggest humor's power over fear. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal,
"This pop-up tour de force abounds with humor, vibrant artwork, and visual fireworks....A fun, not-too-frightening romp that's loaded with child appeal."
"[T]he combination of a legendary illustrator with a gee-whiz format will make this a strong contender at Halloween..."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Sendak's first foray into the world of pop-up books is a brilliant success....The combined talent of Sendak, Yorinks and Reinhardt offers some of the best art and artistry in the genre..."
No matter how scary monsters are, there's no besting a boy who's looking for his mommy. So in one hilariously slapstick pop-up after another, this kid shows Frankenstein, the Mad Scientist, the Mummy, Dracula, the Wolfman, Igor, and goblins galore a thing or two.
In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, a plucky little boy wanders to everybody's favorite monsters in search of his Mommy. Sendak's first pop-up book is masterfully paper engineered by Reinhart.
They're all here! Frankenstein, the Mad Scientist, the Mummy, Dracula, the Wolfman, Igor, and goblins galore — all minding their own business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy! No matter how scary these monsters are, there's no besting a boy who's looking for his mommy. So in one hilariously slapstick pop-up after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.
Maurice Sendak's first pop-up book!
They're all here! Everybody's favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy!
No matter how scary these monsters are, there's no besting a little boy who's looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.
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