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I LOVE YOU by David A. Carter Kirkus Star


A Pop-up Book

by David A. Carter ; illustrated by David A. Carter

Pub Date: Dec. 5th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4197-2734-4
Publisher: Abrams

Love bursts up in paper waves and swirls from every spread of this small, heartfelt keepsake.

In a spectacular 3-D valentine, Carter gives visual expression to an array of loving sentiments: “You are a burst of joy and…[eye] love you. / You are a gentle wave and…[eye] love you. / You are blossoms in the sky and…[eye] love you.” The two clauses of each sentence flank bright, intricate laceworks of color and abstract form, each with one or more hearts incorporated. All of the seven pop-ups are distinctly different in design and effect: geometric shapes dangle like musical notes from interlocked bars in one; the “gentle wave” is evoked by a line of long, thinly cut strips that do indeed sway gracefully as the spread opens, and four serrated edges of gearlike shapes create soft percussive rhythms as the pages to which they are attached move back and forth. The rebus-headed chorus that completes each sentence explodes into multiples around a final explosion of hearts.

The Picasso of paper engineering does it again.

(Pop-up picture book. 5-adult)