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Pop-Up Nightmares

Well, you can tell the holiday (and yes, I mean HOLIDAY!) retail season is upon us. The evidence this year: more pop-up books than you can poke a carrot at! (Aside: I remember a funny review of “Conan The Barbarian” in which the reviewer said it had more phallic symbols than you can shake a stick at!) Okay, back to books. THIS year comes with more than the industry share of the gimmicky books. But first among the list is The Snowmen Pop-Up Book by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. A word of advice, if you are still traumatized by the movie “Psycho” DON’T look at this book. The page of the child putting a carrot on the snowman for a nose is frighteningly like the shower scene in the Hitchcock thriller, adding to the effect that the book is darkly colored and you have a subtle horror book that might make Stephen King blush, though not right now has his new book, Lisey’s Story soars in sales.

In case you’re curious, there are new “adult” pop-ups that include celebrity meltdowns, sex and even a three dimensional tour of Elvis’ Graceland. Don’t forget the reigning king of pop-up: Robert Sabuda who also has a collection of Christmas (yes, I said Christmas) ornaments for the season.

Okay, I’m not a Scrooge about this. I think some of the pop-up stuff is clever and fun, but that snowmen thing really gives me the creeps!

2 Responses to “Pop-Up Nightmares”

  1. Sandy →
    November 6, 2006 at 11:59 am #

    Ha! I just saw an animated ad (of the boy repeatedly stabbing the snowman’s face with a carrot) for the snowman pop-up book in an issue of Shelf Awareness and thought, “Disturbing.” However, I thought that perhaps it was only the medium and maybe the book itself was delightful–thanks for setting me straight!!

  2. Sandy →
    November 6, 2006 at 11:59 am #

    Ha! I just saw an animated ad (of the boy repeatedly stabbing the snowman’s face with a carrot) for the snowman pop-up book in an issue of Shelf Awareness and thought, “Disturbing.” However, I thought that perhaps it was only the medium and maybe the book itself was delightful–thanks for setting me straight!!