THE CHRISTMAS ALPHABET by Robert -- Illus. Sabuda
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The Christmas book of the year. These 26 dazzling, magical pop-ups commemorate holiday sights and symbols in unforgettable ways. Each effect (there are four per spread) with its one-word label, is hidden behind a flap of undecorated colored paper, glued onto a plain white background. Most of the pop-ups themselves are white, which gives them an elegant look, and Sabuda (Saint Valentine, 1992) has designed them all to move gracefully when the flaps are opened. The ""Angel"" rises up reverently; a halo spins behind the ""Candle"" flame; a pair of snow ""Friends"" wave cheerily; ribbon swirls around a ""Gift"" (lift the box cover to find out what it is); the ""Snowflake"" and ""Poinsettia"" seem to explode out; and, at the end, Santa is seen catching a few Zs. Besides being an imaginative paper designer, Sabuda uses form, color, and space expertly: a rare combination. Just terrific.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Orchard