Books by Robert Sabuda

I grew up in the small rural town of Pinckney, in southeastern Michigan. Every night in our humble home by the lake, my mother would read a story to my older brother and me (later to be joined by a sister) before we went to bed. Reading was very importa


TEN HORSE FARM by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"An exhilarating ride—for horse lovers, art lovers, and students of design. (Pop-up picture book. 5-8)"
A frisky equine outing from a master paper engineer. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS STORY by Robert Sabuda
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This memorable interpretation will appeal to collectors of pop-up books and Christmas stories and to Christian families who would like a special version of the Nativity story to share on Christmas Eve. (Pop-up picture book/religion. 4 & up)"
The renowned paper engineer offers a retelling of the Nativity story. Read full book review >
THE WHITE HOUSE by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A selective but resplendent tour. (Informational pop-up. 6-9)"
White House high spots, presented with 3-D flair by the archon of paper architects. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON & THE KNIGHT by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"With Sabuda, it's hard to set expectations too high or wide, but here he rides triumphantly roughshod over them anyway. (Pop-up picture book. 5-9)"
Sabuda gives the usual relationship between story and picture a hefty tweak in this pop-up romp. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MERMAID by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A magnificent counter to the Disney pap. (Pop-up/fairy tale. 9-12)"
In his latest stunner, Sabuda pairs a version of the tale that is less abridged than most retellings to paper-engineered effects that, as usual, raise the bar of the physically possible. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"With a palette and aesthetic that seems straight from Disney, this will find an audience, but whether that audience is well-served is debatable. (Pop-up/folklore. 6-10)"
The first in a companion series to the duo's immensely popular Encyclopedia Prehistorica has a familiar feel to it: Roughly thematic page openings feature one spectacular pop-up surrounded by smaller folios with miniature pop-up surprises. Read full book review >
WINTER IN WHITE by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"The twirling skater is particularly impressive, but from the opening whirl of snowflakes to the closing view of a pair of doves tying the bow on a gift, this brims with seasonal joie de vivre. (Novelty. 6-8)"
As a visual bonbon for holiday giving or display, Sabuda offers a small, Christmas-themed stocking stuffer. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"The fur-clad cave painter beneath the final flap introduces the scariest predator of all, and provides an appropriate cap for this rousing, deservedly popular series. (Novelty/nonfiction. All ages)"
In this third and final gallery of prehistoric creatures (the authors have announced that they'll be delving into mythology next), the "titanic pterosaur" quetzalcoatlus unfolds huge wings, saber-toothed smilodon lazily stretches out massively clawed paws, a glowering mastodon lunges headfirst toward the viewer and an array of other therapsids, early mammals, birds and insects lurk beneath layered flaps filled top to bottom with melodramatic captions and startling facts. Read full book review >
WINTER’S TALE by Robert Sabuda
TIME & SEASONS
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"The last opening finds all the characters—including Winter himself, a snowman with the carrot nose the rabbit brought him and the hat and scarf he waved at the moose—in a panorama of snowy trees and a glittering rooftop. (Pop-up book. All ages)"
One is hard-pressed to find appropriate superlatives for this wonderful new offering. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The topic will make this a crowd pleaser, but not even rabid dino or Sabuda fans are likely to pay it more than a single visit. (Nonfiction pop-up. 5-10)"
From capering Eoraptor, "the tiny terror of the early Triassic" to a ravening T. rex lunging up at viewers as its spread opens, this gallery of dinosaurs will elicit the "Ooooohs" of admiration that Sabuda's work always does, though it's not up to his usual standard, either visually or in paper design. Read full book review >
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 2004

"Rejoice, and buy multiple copies. (Pop-up book. 4-10)"
The wizard of pop-ups has created a masterpiece—in design, in execution, in boldness of vision, and in artistic and historical integrity. Read full book review >
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Carroll, no slouch in the paper-engineering department himself (he designed a disappearing Cheshire Cat stamp case), would be pleased. (Picture book. All ages)"
Girl falls down a rabbit hole, cries buckets, has a spot of bother about size, plays some croquet, and wakes up in time for tea. Read full book review >
UH-OH, LEONARDO! by Robert Sabuda
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The mix of fact and fiction is less smooth, but in pace and general tone this resembles the Time Warp Trio series and readers with a yen to tinker will find kindred spirits in both Providence and the insatiably curious polymath after whom she's modeled herself. (afterword) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Sabuda (The Night Before Christmas, not reviewed, etc.) takes an uncharacteristic direction with this freewheeling tale of a young inventor cast back to the time of her hero, Leonardo Da Vinci. Read full book review >
THE MOVABLE MOTHER GOOSE by Robert Sabuda
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Glorious colors and elaborate configurations of blackbirds bursting out of pies and peacocks fanning their feathers make this an exhibition of paper prowess that's unforgettable. (Pop-up. 4-9)"
Sabuda's interpretation of Mother Goose is a work of moving art, which necessitates that it also be treated like one. Read full book review >
THE BLIZZARD'S ROBE by Robert Sabuda
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Matching striking illustrations to a plot in which the creative impulse must be served at the expense of both personal and public safety, Sabuda offers a story as provocative as it is mighty. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Sabuda (Christmas Alphabet, 1994, etc.) illustrates this original tale of the origin of the northern lights with spread-filling, eye-catching batik art. Read full book review >
THE PAPER DRAGON by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It all comes together in a vibrant and surprising work. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Davol (Batwings and the Curtain of Night, p. 379, etc.), an ambitious folk tale set in China. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Robert Sabuda
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A holiday treasure that, with careful use, will become an heirloom. (Pop-up. 3+)"
Extraordinary pop-ups transform white paper into exquisite sculpture, turning an overplayed carol into an array of ingenious gifts. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND THE SWORD by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Sabuda includes source notes and acknowledges the story's historical basis. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this version of the familiar tale, Sabuda (The Christmas Alphabet, 1994, etc.) captures Arthur as a child hero, a fact that readers will find especially satisfying. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET by Robert Sabuda
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Just terrific. (Pop- up/Picture book. All ages)"
The Christmas book of the year. Read full book review >
TUTANKHAMEN'S GIFT by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Note. (Biography/Picture book. 5-10)"
A glimpse of the boy king, youngest son of Amenhotop III, which postulates that he enjoyed a quiet, relatively solitary childhood before his father's death. Read full book review >
A TREE PLACE by Constance Levy
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Sabuda's occasional soft pencil sketches enhance the format without intruding on the quiet mood of the verse. (Poetry. 5+)"
``Technique'': ``I watched a spider wrap her gnat/with such of flood of tidyness./She twiddled all her nimble feet/And seemed to do a dance in place/While tying round a stream of thread/As pale and white as soft-spun milk,/So careful not to miss one step/Or spill a single/Drop/Of silk!'' Levy might be describing her own craft; like her first book of brief poems about the natural world (I'm Going to Pet a Worm Today, 1991), these 40 new ones capture a childlike sensibility with exquisite economy, artistry, and care. Read full book review >
SAINT VALENTINE by Robert Sabuda
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Historical note. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-9)"
The most interesting feature of this retelling of a story about a saint martyred in A.D. 270 is the art, a meticulous re- creation of the medium of its subject's period. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"One of the more attractive and authentic of the Columbus bunch. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
As he did with his sampling of Thoreau's Walden (1990), Lowe gives a careful introduction to these brief excerpts and is scrupulous in using ellipses; but while each entry here is dated, these scattered fragments give no real sense of the bulk of the original document. Read full book review >
I HEAR AMERICA SINGING by Walt Whitman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Attractive, but not essential where budgets are limited. (Poetry/Picture book. 5- 10)"
The great 19th-century poet's paean to workers, illustrated, line by line, in pleasing double spreads (they look like linoleum prints) in rich, slightly muted, beautifully balanced colors. Read full book review >