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Thursday 22 September 2016

Review: A Sea Voyage: A Pop-Up Story About All Sorts of Boats

The siren song of the sea calls in this stunningly beautiful pop-up book, featuring the work of one of my favourite creators.

You can almost smell the salt air as these pages pop to life, vibrantly illustrated and 'active', with multi-layered imagery a true sight to behold. The wings of planes and birds pop in the sky, little pieces of string attach tugboats to cruisers, 3D waves gallop across the ocean surface and sails billow in an imaginary breeze.
The boats covered include: pilot, lifeboat, caravel, ocean liner, tall ship and light ship--each with its own accompanying text at the base of each page. A smaller paragraph of expositional text is great for further information, then larger, bold text features a child-friendly, rhyming stanza that lends 'story' to each striking image.

The book is set in landscape with a top opening, allowing images to unfold against a rectangular backdrop.

Enchanting for readers of all ages, this one will need a little supervision with younger readers, lest the beautifully-crafted pages end up in tatters!

An artful joy of a book.

Title: A Sea Voyage: A Pop-Up Story About All Sorts of Boats
Author/Illustrator: Gerard Lo Monaco
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $29.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2016
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780500650882
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book, Pop-Up Book