Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Rome, Italy

The Colosseum

The Roman Forum (side by side with the Colosseum). 
This was every bit as astounding and marvelous as the stadium.

Those were my favorite boots, but the streets of Rome claimed the heel. 
Lesson learned...pack sneakers when traveling. :)

Rome was a beautiful city, and we enjoyed our time in it.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Star Wars Fanatic and a FANTASTIC Pop-Up Book

My son is a Star Wars fanatic.  He has a Darth Vader costume, Star Wars pajamas, a toothbrush with R2D2, and even Star Wars underwear (lol!)...and that's just to name a few things.  What he has now, courtesy of his birthday and the world's greatest pop-up artist, Matthew Reinhart, is this fabulous Star Wars pop-up book,

I have written about Matthew Reinhart's work before (you can find it towards the bottom of the article here), and if you read it, you already know that his work is extraordinary.  First of all, the pop-ups are huge; second of all, they are sturdy...we've had our other book (DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book) for a couple of years now, and even though it gets read a lot, it's still in pristine condition; third, in the corners of each page, there are smaller pop-ups, just as intricately  made beneath 'surprise doors;' and fourth, I guarantee that you have never seen anything like these.  Mr. Reinhart (thankfully!) does not make ordinary books.