Thursday, June 13, 2013

Robert Sabuda's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I know it's been years since I've updated, but what the hey, I'm back! Heeee.

Even if this blog has been ignored for the longest time, I gotta say that every time I see exquisite, interesting and provocative handmade things, I tend to make mental notes of them, and given the opportunity,  take photos to accompany the (imagined) blogpost.  So, I think it's time to unload those mental notes, get my ass in gear and start posting!

First things first - my brother-in-law recently gave me a wonderful gift, Robert Sabuda's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland pop-up book.  Unopened, it looks like any other children's popup book, but when you open it, it's breathtaking.

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There are huge popup pages representing significant scenes from the novel.  The text is thoughtfully printed at the side of each page, with mini surprises containing little delights that accompany the text.   

I was especially astounded by the page where Mr. Sabuda represented Alice being chased by the Queen of Hearts' army. The page crackled and popped when I opened it - I was afraid I would tear it apart - so verrry carefully, I completely opened the page. A jagged rainbow of playing cards unfolded and Alice, with a look of anger and terror, appears beneath the Queen of Hearts' pack of playing cards.  Needless to say, I was breathless when this paper engineering wonder greeted my eyes.

I have to admit that I haven't finished reading the book.  Yes, I have seen all the main pop-up pages, but I have yet to explore the little treasures on the side of each page.  Somehow, I get so overwhelmed by the beauty and genius of how the big pieces were engineered that I need time to absorb everything and quiet my overly stimulated senses.  

Someday, I'll be able to finish this jewel of a book.

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