Beauty & The Beast by Robert Sabuda is the familiar story we all grew up with of Beauty & The Beast but the pop-up version that is part of the series of pop-up books released by Simon and Schuster is by far one of the most beautiful, most detailed, pop-up books we have ever had the pleasure of reading. Right away with the front cover you notice the dark colors and dark lines of the illustrations. The entire book is illustrated in a way that reminds you of a stained glass piece even more so the colors lend to the story which after all is kind of spooky at first seeing as the princess ends up in a castle with a scary beast! What is really amazing about the book however is the detail to the pop-ups and how the book itself is read.
One thing I will note though is how potentially fragile this book is. It's not a book that I will allow Connor, who is coming four in a two months, to play or look at by himself. Though well built it would be very easy to rip one of the pop-ups or folded story pages out of the book all together if you do not handle it with care. Unless it is a gift for older children I recommend storing it out of the way of small hands and bringing it down to read together when you can supervise it being handled. Priced at $29.99 it is well worth every penny in pictures alone. It would also make a beautiful and remembered gift!
You can purchase your own copy of Beauty & The Beast : A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale on Amazon right now!
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