Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Star Wars Fanatic

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.

When we opened this book, my son was as interested as he always is...he loves reading, loves pop-ups, and these really large pop-ups are by far and away his favorite.  You can see he is engaged and interested in this story from the get-go.

The moment of glee, however, came when he opened the page that featured Darth Vader (his favorite of the characters).  You can see in the picture below that he screamed (happily), which made us all laugh.

You can see the ultra cool fold-out flaps with even more pop-ups in the picture on the right.  

And then as with any of the books created by Reinhart (or so far as I have seen), there will be an item or two that actually lights up, in this case it was a light saber on each side of the book (how cool is that?!?).

This book was a HUGE birthday present success, just as we suspected it would be.  I cannot recommend the creator of these books enough.  If you are looking for something special to give your little one, take a look at the selection of books you can find here.  I think you will be amazed once you get a closer look.  I found the site on Facebook today, and if you're interested, you can like the page too: Pop-Up Books by Matthew Reinhart on Facebook

I am going to put these books (there are many selections, geared for both boys and girls) on my Holiday Gift Giving Guide, and maybe after you take a look, you will want to too.

-Cheers to happy reading & happy birthdays:  And a ton of hugs and well wishes to my big boy, who just turned 5!



Family Travels on a Budget said...

Star Wars has been quite the blogging theme among the blogs I read this week!!! I love Star Wars -- great book. We enjoy the Star Wars cookbook for birthday parties and fun celebrations.

Michelle G said...

Happy Birthday to him!! And WOW!! Those books look amazing!

mail4rosey said...

We just had our first Star Wars themed party ever, what a blast (hah, literally)! Thanks for stopping by.

mail4rosey said...

They are amazing, Michelle! And thanks for the birthday wishes. :)

Gina said...

Your son seems to love Star Wars as much as my son love Disney's Cars. Looks like fun!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, it is a fun book. :)

I see I'm in good company...I like Cars too. ;)

Liz said...

How Awesome is that!?!?! LOVE the pop ups! I used to be mesmerized just by the cards, imagine if I had a whole book!

leigh said...

The detail on these look amazing. I remember books from when I was young - surely he will remember this one!

mail4rosey said...

I like pop-up cards too. When I was little the peek-a-boo flaps and cardboard spinnging wheels were fun on cards too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Some of the authors I cite as my favorite, still, are from many, many (cough) years ago, when I was a kid. I agree, the right book/author/creator sticks with you.

JamericanSpice said...

Now this is my SIL. She loves all things star wars!

Happy Belated birthday to your sweetie!

mail4rosey said...

Thank you. :)

Katherines Corner said...

I love that new generations are loving star wars too. What a cutie pie he is. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

mail4rosey said...

Thank you for hosting it. So many creative decorators and people handy w/crafts showed up! There were so many things to take note of for future use.

Paula Miller said...

That's the best pop-up book I've ever seen!
Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)


Jo said...

Wow this book looks fab! My son would absolutely love this as he is a huge star wars fan too :)

Found your blog through life in a breakdowns blog hop and I'm now following you.



mail4rosey said...

Thanks for hosting it!

This book is fab. My son is taking it for Show & Tell today. I'm not at all worried about him being careful with (he's so good with his pop-ups, knock on wood), but 26 kids is a lot...one might be tempted to touch it. Crossing fingers and toes it turns out well. :)

mail4rosey said...

Christmas is coming, and they're super reasonably priced.

Thanks for reading! :)