POP-UP MOON, by Anne Jankeliowitch, Annabelle Buxton, Olivier Charbonnel, Thames & Hudson, June 8, 2021, Hardcover, $29.95 (ages 6-8)
From the people who gave us Pop-Up Earth comes Pop-Up Moon, 3D, interactive look at our closest neighbor in space.
You see it almost every night, but how much do you really know about the moon? In this incredible pop-up book, discover where the moon came from, why it appears to change shape, how it affects our oceans, and what a blood moon is. Shoot into space with the Saturn V rocket and travel back in time to join the first astronauts to set foot on the moon. —Synopsis provided by Thames & Hudson
I really liked Pop-Up Earth. I think I like Pop-Up Moon even more.
From the phases of the moon on the endpapers to the bold pop-ups inside, it’s a visual and educational treat. At 18 pages, it’s shorter than an average picture book, but the creators have crammed a lot in, making it worth its almost $30 price tag.
The book features four two-page spread pop-ups. These intricate paper designs focus on where the moon came from; the moon’s changing face; the moon’s place in the solar system; and space exploration. Traditional 2D spreads include how well we know the moon; the moon’s power; eclipses; and rocket travel.
My 7-year-old walked in as I was flipping through the book are her responses to the pop-ups were, “Wow! That’s cool!” and “Can I have it?” She wants to be an astronaut when she grows up, so I already knew it would appeal to her, but I think with this book, parents can expect that to be a universal response from kids.
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