Monday, May 24, 2010

Encyclopedia Mythologica: GODS & HEROES

Gods and Heroes
by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda
Candlewick Press, 2010
review copy provided by the publisher

Did you catch that byline? ROBERT SABUDA.

Yeah. This is a popup book. Probably the most amazing popup you've seen to date. And timely -- aren't your students nuts over Percy Jackson and Greek Mythology?!?!

I sat down with my friend Lisa who has taught her fifth graders to make popup books for many years.

The first thing she pointed to was Robert Sabuda's name and said, "Well, all you have to see is his name and you know it's going to be extraordinary."

The first double page spread is Egyptian mythology. Anubis practically jumps off the page into your lap with his jackal-head mask, his palm outstretched, and his ankh held high.

There is information on most corners, and under that text is another popup and more information. (On some corners, there are two layers of small popups! Astounding construction and design!)

On the second spread, Olympus rises from the clouds and the reader quite naturally wants to find each one of the Olympians.

Jason and the Argonauts float out of the third spread, representing the Mortal Champions of the Old World. (There is a flip book of Herakles' Labors that is like no flip book you've ever seen...)

Next, Thor the Sky God lowers his enchanted hammer as the reader learns about the Norse myths.

Pele pops out of a volcano to introduce Eastern Mythology.

Finally, Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent of the Aztec Empire writhes off the page to bring the myths within 10,000 years of the present.

More quotes from Lisa:

"Wow. Wow."
"Sabuda is not just a popup guy, he's a true paper engineer."
"This is not a book that readers will "use up" in one quick look. The popups draw you into the text and you want to keep reading and discovering."


  1. Mary Lee,
    My children are going to love this! The combination of pop-ups with gods and heroes is...perfect. (They love both!) Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.

  2. This looks awesome. Matthew Reinhart is at BEA. Think I'm going to have to get in line ;-)


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