Books by Iain Smyth

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by Frances Cony
Released: March 1, 1999

Old MacDonald had a farm, and on his farm animals pop up, wiggle, and roll their eyeballs. This hilarious paper-engineered version of the classic song will engage readers of all ages. The illustrations are amiable cartoons, while the mechanics of the pop-ups are superb. Old MacDonald's tractor shakes its rear tires; a row of hungry cows roll their eyes and chew their cuds with enthusiasm. Not only are the movements funny, but the pull-tabs are tough—this book was designed to handle heavy use—and will probably survive even library circulation. (Pop-up. 2-5) Read full book review >
PIRATE PLUNDER'S TREASURE HUNT by Iain Smyth
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Pirate's Plunder Treasure Hunt ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 16 pp.; 0-525-45693-7): Yo-ho-ho! Readers won't find a bottle of rum on this pirate ship, but they will find an empty treasure chest, a hidden parrot, and several pirates (male and female), one of whom has made off with the loot. Readers are supposed to pinpoint the thief, although the clues don't allow for the tracking of one culprit, because a rotating wheel on the last page points to three possible endings. As a mystery, this one is mediocre; as a pop-up, pull-out, flip-open extravaganza, it's awesome! A miniature galleon and tiny pockets of minutiae will be appreciated and played with long after the ruse of doing detective work has faded. (Pop-up. 6-11) Read full book review >