Title: Pop-up Things That Go!
Author: Ingela P. Arhenius
Illustrator: Ingela P. Arhenius
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young children’s non-fiction, Pop-up
Book format: Hardback
Description: A colourful, first pop-up book of things that go. Perfect for tiny hands.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a small but very fun pop-up book all about the different things that go. The book is very small in size, fitting well in one hand and is very light in weight so easy for very young children to hold. Inside, every double page contains a colourful pop-up on glossy colourful paper.
The book is called ‘Things That Go!’ and it is filled with lovely pop-up illustrations of all sorts of vehicles that move. Each double page has a pop-up along with the name of the thing that’s pictured. This makes it easy for kids to learn the words and learn lots of different things. The book has quite a lot of pop-ups, a total of fifteen, which makes it quite a fat book but it’s easy to hold and I love the way all the things that move are illustrated.
There’s something about the images that looks old fashioned in style. There’s a background colour on each double page and then sitting in front is the object that moves. The different things include a tractor, bicycle, helicopter, metro train and bus, with some of the things being similar such as a car and then a race car. I really like the way some of the pop-ups look. Every pop-up has some detail in it and a lot of the things are multiple layers of depth. A lot of the images have people or animals using the vehicles too and it adds to the fun look of each picture. Some of the pop-ups like the car surprised me with how much they stick out from the page. It looks good when seen from the right angle and even though the card of the pop-up sticks out a lot, it is very sturdy and wouldn’t tear easily.
The book has quite simple illustrations yet there’s enough detail to enjoy looking at this more than once. I’m sure many young children will find it fun to spot all the little extra details as well as have fun identifying all the things that go. The colours in this book are lovely and colourful but they’re not overly bright and each page has a set palette making it easier on the eye, and it adds to that old-fashioned feel which I like it. Pop-up books are always fun and very young children usually love having things to spot in a book like this and with the small size and weight of the whole book I’m sure it’s one that will be looked at again and again.
What do you think of this book? Do you or your children like pop-up books? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂