A bright menagerie of pop-up animals on a small paper carousel.
When the attached ribbons are tied to hold the folded-back covers together, over 25 carousel mounts and riders are viewable—all presented in the same simple, vividly colored retro style, with many engineered so that they pop out a bit from the plain white backgrounds. Every face is smiling, a striped awning overhead adds further bright notes, and a pink-cheeked carousel master, the only human figure, gestures welcome at the beginning. Near him, an unpolished set of rhymes (the only text) supplies hints of sights to come: “The carousel is busy with a mama kangaroo, / Riding with an elephant, pigs, fish, and monkeys too.” There is a loop at the top, so even though there are no moving parts, the carousel can be held up and spun by hand if desired.
A cheery trifle. (Pop-up picture book. 3-6)