Cover image for The movable Mother Goose
The movable Mother Goose

A Classic Collectible Pop-up

Mother Goose.

Classic collectible pop-up.
The movable Mother Goose
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Publisher Info:
New York, New York : Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [1999]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
A Classic Collectible Pop-up

Classic collectible pop-up.
General Note:
Title from the front cover.

"A classic collectible pop-up"--back cover.
A collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes in the form of a pop-up book.
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E SABU Picture Book

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Robert Sabuda's The Movable Mother Goose puts a new spin on traditional nursery rhymes as they come alive in a glorious explosion of color!
This pop-up extravaganza by award winner Robert Sabuda is destined to become a new classic for all generations.

Author Notes

Sabuda was born in Pinckney, Michigan on March 8, 1965. He was skilled as an artist from a very young age, and he attended the Pratt Institute in New York City. His specific interest in 3-D paper engineering---pop-up books---was sparked by a book he received as a gift.

Since 1994 Sabuda has published at least one pop-up book annually. These books are typically childrens' classics like The Twelve Days of Christmas, Mother Goose, The Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Night Before Christmas and, most recently, Beauty and the Beast.

Sabuda works from his studio in New York City. His 2010 title Beauty and The Beast made The New York Times BestSeller List for 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Sabuda continues his run of groundbreaking pop-ups with this buggy (in more than one sense of the term) take on a handful of Mother Goose rhymes. Each spread opens up a dazzling large construction, with one to five smaller pop-ups behind satellite flaps: two cockroaches perch on cups; Jack and Jill, a pair of termites, roll down their mound toward a waiting anteater; and the menacing spider that frightens Miss Muffet is topped by a positively scream-inducing bedbug that lunges out as its flap is raised. Other effects include a huge spreading peacock, a glorious burst of blackbirds, and a small splotch of peanut butter on a railroad track that is an architectural triumph. The downside to such complex effects is their sometimes-extreme fragility; more problematic is the extreme stylization of the figures to the point that Jack and Jill are recognizable only from context, and candle-jumper Jack is an indecipherable tangle of legs and antennae. Still, Sabuda proves again that he is as much an artist as a paper engineer, capable not only of designing cutting-edge special effects, but of using them in ingeniously creative ways.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sabuda (ABC Disney) upholds his reputation for mind-bogglingly elaborate paper confections with this surprise-filled collection of nursery rhymes. An all-animal cast makes for some amusing twists: Little Bo-Peep is a sheepdog, Miss Muffet a fly (with good reason to be frightened by a spider) and nimble Jack a grasshopper. Each spread has a central rhyme, the pop-up for which unfolds with the turn of a page; rectangular flaps introduce additional rhymes. The creatures, rendered in matte blocks of color (plus some metallic foil), take on the form of a cut-paper sculpture. The pop-ups are occasionally difficult to decipher: it takes some analysis, for example, to figure out that Jack and Jill are ants tumbling down an anthill. Though Sabuda seems particularly fond of insects, their unfolding limbs and body segments can make them the most challenging to decode. However, the virtuoso pieces are astonishing, particularly the mice that race up and down for "Hickory Dickory Dock" and the four-and-twenty sunglasses-sporting blackbirds that burst from a pie. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved