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THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Deluxe Pop-Up Book

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry & illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry & translated by Richard Howard

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-547-26069-3

“[E]yes are blind. You have to look with the heart,” says the little prince, which makes this pop-up edition of the 1943 classic a bit of an odd duck. De Saint-Exupéry’s minimalist illustrations become full-color paper-engineered elements in a blown-up, two-inch-thick unabridged edition. Flaps lift, figures pop, tableaux emerge in ingenious fashion, creating a reading experience as surreal as the story. But the tension between text and image inherent in any illustrated book is exacerbated to the nth degree here, as the beguiling doodads beckon readers to race through the pages, leaving the story they’re meant to illustrate behind. The contemplative fable is turned into a mere excuse for paper whimsy, the fun of making the prince turn to meet the fox overriding the wonder of the interaction. Too cool for its own good. (Pop-up/fiction. 10 & up)