Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Anne of Green Gables Pop-Up Books
By Stephanie Kay
A Big Imagination: An Anne of Green Gables Pop-Up Book. Retold by Rebecca Anne Krafft. Illustrated by Thea Kliros. Published by Ottenheimer Publishing, 1993.
Adventures at School: An Anne of Green Gables Pop-Up Book. Retold by Rebecca Anne Krafft. Illustrated by Thea Kliros. Published by Ottenheimer Publishing, 1993.
I picked up these two books from my library to read for the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. I wasn't really interested in reading Anne again this year but was curious about the pop-up books. I also thought I could use them to introduce my daughter, Ellie, to Anne.
These pop-up books skim the first two Montgomery books in the Anne series. Condensing novels of any size into 6 two-page spreads must be very difficult, especially with stories that are full of interesting scenes!
The pop-ups in the copies I picked up didn't work very well. I'm sure this is because they are library books. Pop-up books need to be handled with care and library books certainly don't get the level of care that owned books get! (Or is that just at my house?)
Also, it's hard for me to look at the illustrations and not compare them to the images from the Anne of Green Gables DVD. Megan Follows IS Anne and any illustration that isn't her just doesn't seem right.
These pop-up books are an interesting novelty that a die-hard Anne fan might be interested in owning. Since I'm not one of those fans I'll just chalk this up as a fun one time read.
Have you read in novelty Anne books? Can you imagine anyone other than Megan Follows as Anne?