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Review: In the Beginning

December 5, 2009

Chuck Fischer bought a 1960’s copy of The Golden Children’s Bible.  That book and a trip to Rome inspired him (along with Bruce Foster and Curtis Flowers) to create another gorgeous pop-up book.

In The Beginning: The Art of Genesis is a stunning pop-up book for adults.  You really cannot appreciate the beauty of this book without seeing it in person.   This book tells several stories from the book of Genesis – the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel, Jacob’s Ladder and Joseph in Egypt.  The text gives a nice overview of each story and the beautiful artwork and breathtaking pop-ups bring the stories to life.    One page even includes stained glass!

I was able to sit down and read the text in one short sitting, but the text is just a small part of the book.  I find myself picking it up to look through it over and over again, and I pick a different page as my favorite each time that I do.   In The Beginning is fantastic and I think it would make a great holiday gift.  You do not need to believe in the Bible to enjoy this book. Even this video doesn’t show all of the beauty of the book:

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.   I am an Amazon Associate.
25 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2009 6:48 am

    Wow! That is absolutely beautiful! The Tower of Babel page really struck me in the video but I can image how you say liking a different page each time.

    It makes me yearn for a New Testament one!

  2. December 5, 2009 6:54 am

    I like pop-up books. This looks interesting.

  3. December 5, 2009 7:40 am

    Another pop up book. Beautiful art work .. and u say that the video doesn’t do full justice to the book 🙂 You have made me want to buy a pop up book. 🙂

  4. sandynawrot permalink
    December 5, 2009 8:25 am

    I need to chase this one down at the book store (as well as the Angels one). I love pop-up books. My kids have a couple amazing ones, and I think I enjoy them more than they do.

  5. December 5, 2009 8:37 am

    This one looks even more amazing than Angels! Thanks for sharing the video – wow!

  6. December 5, 2009 9:29 am

    OMG! That is amazing. Each one is better than the next. I can’t believe how high that tower is — complete with clouds! What a great book to have.

  7. December 5, 2009 10:19 am

    This looks like an amazing pop-up book. It’s really a work of art.

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

  8. December 5, 2009 10:34 am

    Oh that’s pretty! I love beautifully illustrated pop-up books.

  9. December 5, 2009 11:01 am

    I like pop up books! I have one of Egypt and pharao’s. They are so much fun and beautiful!
    Thank you for your lovley review.

  10. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 5, 2009 11:29 am

    I have someone this would be perfect for! Thanks for the recommendation. Going to buy it tomorrow.

  11. December 5, 2009 11:43 am

    Wow, this is fantastic! I’ve always loved pop-up books. I’ll have to see if it’s available here. It would make a nice Christmas gift.

  12. December 5, 2009 12:53 pm

    This sounds like a wonderfully beautiful read. It amazes me how many people hold the capacity for such artistry.

  13. December 5, 2009 1:05 pm

    It looks and sounds like a truly beautiful book which would make an especially lovely gift.

    I’ve yet to review a pop-up book! 🙂

  14. December 5, 2009 2:30 pm

    So jealous! This book is absolutely gorgeous!

  15. December 5, 2009 4:12 pm

    I love this book! I won a copy of it last year from a giveaway, and it is just beautiful.

  16. December 5, 2009 4:22 pm

    I’m getting this one for myself. (I may share with others.) It looks even better than Angels. It’s going to be like buying a piece of artwork all inside a book.

  17. December 5, 2009 6:35 pm

    Beautiful! My neighbor collects pop-ups and other unique books (like GALLOP!); I’m sending her the link to this.

  18. December 5, 2009 6:39 pm

    I love pop-up books and this one looks lovely!

  19. December 5, 2009 8:29 pm

    oh, I think I have mentioned that I have a weakness for these beautiful pop-up books.

  20. December 6, 2009 9:31 pm

    I could totally see the stories of Genesis being perfect for a pop-up book!

  21. December 7, 2009 3:57 pm

    I read your review of Angels and after seeing this review I am thinking that I would really like to see these books in person. I am going to be stopping by the bookstore this week to shop for Christmas gifts, and I am going to be looking for these books. They sound very beautiful and amazing, and I can’t wait to experience one for myself!

  22. December 8, 2009 1:14 am

    There’s something really appealing about pop-up books. I like the look of this one! Beautiful in the picture and I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in actual.

  23. December 8, 2009 9:03 am

    It looks gorgeous!

    –Anna

  24. December 9, 2009 6:53 pm

    I hadn’t realized it until I saw this review, but I absolutely LOVE pop-up books! This looks gorgeous!

  25. December 20, 2009 7:17 pm

    Wow. I’ve always liked pop-up books and this looks like a real beauty!

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