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Review – A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book

December 14, 2010

When you combine the classic tale A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, with the artwork of Chuck Fischer and the paper engineering of Bruce Foster, you get one of the most beautiful Christmas books you can imagine.  Contained in pockets on the pages of A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book are six small booklets that contain a short biography of Charles Dickens, plus the complete text of Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol.   Chuck Fischer’s artwork is gorgeous, but for me, it’s the genius of Bruce Foster’s paper engineering that really makes this book come alive.  I cannot begin to imagine how he created the marvelous 3D pop-ups in A Christmas Carol.  You will gasp and ooh and ah as you turn the pages of this stunning book.  Don’t let the fact that it’s a pop-up book fool you into thinking it’s for children – this is a book for the whole family to share and enjoy.  Reading it would make a marvelous Christmas tradition.  It would also make a lovely gift.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2010 5:22 am

    Oh, I would love to see this book. A Christmas Carol is classic, and I love rereading it every Christmas.

  2. December 14, 2010 6:48 am

    This was my first experience with a Chuck Fisher book and I was blown away! It’s beautiful!

  3. December 14, 2010 6:51 am

    Very nice Kathy; I was lucky to win a copy this week.

  4. December 14, 2010 7:10 am

    After reading your description I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy – I won one in the same giveaway as Diane 🙂

  5. December 14, 2010 7:15 am

    Amazing! Even our school librarian had heard about this one and was expressing her desire to have it for herself (no way it would survive in the library). What a perfect gift!

  6. December 14, 2010 7:17 am

    Ah, you’re so lucky to get this! Chuck Fischer is so amazing!!!

  7. December 14, 2010 8:03 am

    I love a Christmas Carol…I love pop-up books!
    It would make a lovely gift…for ME! 🙂

  8. December 14, 2010 9:31 am

    What a beautiful book, every time I see it I want it more and more. You right it would make a lovely gift.

  9. December 14, 2010 9:42 am

    wow, I loved the video, I can’t think hoe beautiful the book must be.

  10. December 14, 2010 9:51 am

    I am in love with Mr. Dickens and pop-up books in general, so this sounds like such a wonderful book to me! I am going to have to grab this one when I see it and read it aloud to the assorted family this season. Great review, Kathy! I love that you loved this one!

  11. December 14, 2010 10:41 am

    I never had a popup book, but then I would surely have ruined it 😉

  12. December 14, 2010 12:12 pm

    Wonderful review! 🙂

  13. December 14, 2010 12:39 pm

    I’m oooh and aaaahing just from your review!

  14. December 14, 2010 1:51 pm

    It is a beautiful book, isn’t it? I agree that it would make a great gift.

  15. December 14, 2010 1:53 pm

    what a lovely book. My mum would love this. She is a big Christmas Carol fan.

  16. December 14, 2010 2:13 pm

    I am a huge Christmas Carol person — every year my dad would take me down to Chicago to see the play 🙂

  17. December 14, 2010 2:15 pm

    I won the Angels pop up book last year and couldn’t believe how detailed it was! They are so beautifully done.

  18. December 14, 2010 2:57 pm

    What an incredibly gorgeous book!

  19. December 14, 2010 5:09 pm

    I would absolutely love to have this book! I love A Christmas Carol in any form but this sounds fantastic.

  20. December 14, 2010 6:25 pm

    I thought of sending this one as a gift. It sounds wonderful 😀

  21. December 14, 2010 7:11 pm

    I believe Bruce Foster is the same engineer who created the angel pop-up book. I won that from you last year and gave it to my mother. She thoroughly loves that book but I’m thinking this one for my youngest granddaughter – and me.

  22. December 14, 2010 7:58 pm

    I love pop-up books! Last time I went into B&N, I was checking out a few of them lol, along with many other parents. The Christmas Carol in pop-up – I have to check that!

  23. December 14, 2010 8:02 pm

    I’ve seen this artsy pop-up books and they are amazing. It is like looking into a whole little world that comes to life before your eyes.

  24. December 14, 2010 8:20 pm

    Wow, that looks like so much fun. I loved pop up books when I was a kid.

  25. December 14, 2010 8:36 pm

    My review of this one went up this morning as well and I loved it. My son had so much fun with it and I keep stealing looks at it all the time.

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  27. December 15, 2010 1:25 pm

    sounds like a fun book!

  28. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 15, 2010 1:37 pm

    This is already on my wish list. It looks gorgeous.

  29. December 15, 2010 2:02 pm

    You just reminded me that I haven’t read A Christmas Carol yet this year. I try to every year. Let’s see if I can work it in before Christmas.

  30. December 16, 2010 12:29 pm

    You gotten to review some very cool pop-ups. I love that this one could become a family holiday tradition.

  31. December 16, 2010 1:42 pm

    A wonderful holiday treat! Looks like a fantastic book. 🙂

  32. December 16, 2010 8:30 pm

    I saw this in the bookstore yesterday – lovely!

  33. December 17, 2010 8:06 am

    I bet The Girl and I would love this! I have an old paperback of A Christmas Carol, but sadly, I’ve never read it.

  34. December 17, 2010 10:13 pm

    I still can’t get over the beauty of this pop up.

  35. December 19, 2010 6:29 am

    I love pop up books and this one would be perfect for Xmas.

  36. December 20, 2010 1:50 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot about this one for the last few weeks. It seems like a perfect book to sort of pull out each year and read to the kids. It would make a great gift!

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