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Encyclopedia Mythologica


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Matthew Reinhart is an illustrator and pop-up picture book maker, creating the successful Encyclopedia Prehistorica series with Robert Sabuda. Robert Sabuda is also a renowned pop-up picture book creator. Beginning his career by illustrating colouring books (for such characters as Rambo!), he has since gone on to make amazingly inventive pop-ups, including the marvellous Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Matthew and Robert live together in New York City.


Reinhard and Sabuda continue to raise the bar in their second Encyclopedia Mythologica pop-up (following Fairies and Magical Creatures), a global tour of gods and other deities. Multiple stories unfold on each page within layered tableaus in miniature booklets, like treasures to be unveiled. A sort of flip book detailing Hercules's 12 tasks is triggered by pull-tab; one booklet shows the destruction of Atlantis; elsewhere, a grimacing Pele erupts from the spewing lava of a volcano; and the plumed Aztec serpent, Quetzalcoatl, seems to fly toward readers on the final spread. A fun and engaging assemblage that seamlessly marries its form and content. Ages 5-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Gr 3-8-This handsome volume introduces beings powerful enough to "push the seasons forward, forge mighty civilizations, and shape the very earth." Six gloriously illustrated spreads, each graced by a dramatic paper-sculpture centerpiece and additional fold-out booklets, provide a glimpse at gods and heroes from around the world along with appetite-whetting tidbits of myths and legends. Represented are the deities of ancient Egypt, the Greek pantheon, mortal champions of the classical world, Norse gods and goddesses, Asian and Polynesian divinities, and the "Great Spirits of the New World." The artwork, set against pastel backdrops, combines traditional images with modern sensibilities to stunning effect. An airy pop-up of Olympus includes all 12 primary gods; a pull-tab flips miniature pages to reveal Herakles's 12 labors; a 3-D Thor swings his famed hammer down with a powerful thrust; hot-headed Pele emerges from a volcano base; Spider Woman weaves a celestial web out of silver cord; and more. The text covers a lot of ground but is well written and works hand-in-hand with the striking, innovative illustrations to encourage further exploration. Use this attention-grabbing overview to brew up reader interest and launch studies of ancient cultures and mythology.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

No matter how many times you open (it), the thrill never diminishes...Reinhart and Sabuda are gods of paper engineering..(a) thing of magic and wonder. * The Sunday Telegraph *
Enjoy and revisit the delights many times over * Carousel *

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