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Jungle Animals (2009) Sturdiest Pop-up Book Ever (And It Has to Be!)

Charles Reasoner, Jungle Animals (Just for Kids Press, 2009)

 

photo credit: Barnes and Noble

That crocodile’s magnetic, too!

You wouldn’t think that this gimmick—instead of a pop-up book, it’s a fold-out book, where the pop-ups are designed to go beyond the page—would be a winner, if only because this is the kind of book that just plain begs for kids to destroy it. But Just for Kids press beefed up the construction here (the magnetic crocodile fold-over on the front cover is the bean’s favorite part of the book, and it hasn’t even started coming loose yet) and has provided a blueprint for fragile-seeming kids’ books to follow in the future. The drawback is that the more durable construction means the pages are much thicker, so you’re not going to be able to bind too much to it before it becomes unwieldy even for parents to hold; this one is eight pages, and going much more than twice that may end making for a book too hard to hold. But for pre-lit and first readers, this is well worth looking into as a design choice. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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