Title: Pop-up Crown Jewels
Author: Historic Royal Palaces
Illustrator: Rachael Saunders
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s pop-up book, Non-fiction, History
Book format: Hardback
Description: Why did George IV lock his wife Caroline out of his coronation? Why was a priceless diamond sent to Edward VII in the post? Find out in this fun-filled pop-up book, packed with facts about the Crown Jewels and the kings and queens who have worn them.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a really fun book, I didn’t know there were so many interesting facts about the Crown Jewels! The book is quite small, smaller than A5, but is filled with quite a lot of information and fun images for its size. Each double page is about the same in terms of the pop-up feature with one pop up at the back and various flaps to open for extra facts and pictures. Each double page spread also concentrates on a specific area of facts.
The first page introduces the Crown jewels as they look today with the next page detailing Coronations but then you are taken through the history of what happened to them such as how they were melted down during the civil war in the mid 1600s and how they were restored. Each double page has a lot of facts especially with the extra flaps containing more information. Every page not only has interesting facts but some are funny. I especially like the last chapter (double page) called Magnificent Mishaps which shows some of the silly and weird things that happened to the Crown Jewels over the years.
All of the pages are thick and slightly glossy and with really lovely images. I like all the pictures, there’s enough detail in them all but they are also funny, I just like the expressions on peoples faces. The pop up book has so many fun facts and images (even a fact on the back of the main images that pops up) and it has easy to read text with enough detail to entertain both kids and adults. I really like this book and have learned a lot of things I didn’t know. I think kids (and older) interested in castles, monarchs or anything historical would really enjoy this as well as anyone who loves a good pop-up book!
-Review first appeared online June 2017 – now republished here.
Are you interested in history or the crown jewels? Do you like pop-up books? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂