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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias
Fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of flying, fear of death--everyone is afraid of something. And these pop-ups place you in the hot seat--whether it's the dentist's chair as the drill comes spinning toward you; looking over the edge of a skyscraper whose sheer face plummets thousands of feet to the sidewalk far below; or the window seat of a plane as the oxygen mask d ...more
Hardcover, 22 pages
Published October 20th 1999 by Rob Weisbach Books
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I came across this title on the blog Awful Library Books and just had to see it for myself. Pretty much everything you are afraid of comes jumping off the pages right in your face. Some were not so scary (acrophobia, claustrophobia) but others, like the fears for clowns and dentists, were pretty good. More funny than informative...
Mar 16, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Michael Kindness
Recommended to Linda by: Melissa Runkle
This book is phenomenal.The book includes 10 common phobias with a short explanation and a center pop-up, well thought out to illustrate. I do question the cover of the book which has 3 tiny illustrations, but only one is covered in the book. A very quick read.
"Read" may be too strong a thing to say, as it's a pop-up book. But it sits on my coffee table and every once in a while I can't help but thumb through it. The author shares a similarly strange sense of humor with me, or is very good at pandering to people like me. Either way I am consistently amused. And the cover makes it looks good on my coffee table, so there's that.
It was alright, nothing special. There's nothing terrifying about the book or anything. Each section has a pop-up depicting a particular phobia (spiders, snakes, heights, etc.) and a brief definition, including the technical term for it and a brief background explanation, often including how common it is as well as why it is rational (or irrational).
I HATED the clown.....but it's not a phobia. I Never even thought much of clowns until I became an adult, way into my 40's...then I realized that they are grotesque and eerie.
But I liked the rest....my favorites (they made me giggle): The Dentist, The Skyscraper, The SNAKES....after the snakes the spider was disappointing.
I only gave this a 3 because it was only entertaining, but not in a lasting way.....there wasn't much "substance" by way of "reading material".
The pop-up architecture in this book is really impressive & creative! And the content is really informative too. It doesn't just tell you what each phobia is—it also tells you about common treatments & brief theories about how these phobias came to exist in certain cultures. I only wish there were more phobias to read about!
Your phobias leap out at you in realistic paper-folding art of Pop-up books. Pop-up books are just so much fun. I remember reading one at an Airport play area as a kid, I wish I remembered what its called because it was this charming Fantasy Pop-up book, one of its pages had a detailed, gigantic tree house, with little rooms inside, etc. Anyway this one is a silly way to spook people with. There's also other series by the same creator, as well.
The text isn't anything special...just the definition of the various phobias included. The Pop-up part is what makes it special. Really well done. I never thought too much about the mechanics of these books, but it takes some artistic and mathematical skills to get pictures to move and pop up and out as expected.
I simply HAD to have this perverse gem for my pop-up book collection. The phobias include fear of spiders, heights, dentists, clowns, and death. For each phobia, the paper art virtual leaps with impressive menace from the page. There's a gleeful sense of the macabre to it all. Edward Gorey would approve.
Someone was giving this away at work. It is really really interesting but written in a humorous way. I enjoyed reading about the different phobias in this fun pop-up book - the pop-ups were creative, well-made and entertaining! I wish there were even more phobias like Fear of Vacuum Cleaners.
Bought for a dollar from my local library. Pretty cool. I even got a little vertigo from the fear of heights page, and I'm not even afraid of heights. I plan on giving this as a gift to someone who doesn't mind a slightly used, pretty quirky gift.
Dec 30, 2007 Lulu rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Popup book lovers, those with an appreciation of a good phobia
Although the crafting in this popup book is not as fine as Sabuda's, it provides a clever look at common phobias - nothing like having your fears jump out at you!
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