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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review: Angels by Chuck Fischer

Angels: A Pop-Up Book
by Chuck Fischer
Little, Brown and Company; Pop edition (October 19, 2009) ~ 18 pages
Non-Fiction / Arts and Photography

Edition: Hardback - many thanks to the Chuck Fischer and Hachette Book Group, the publisher for sending me a copy to review!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Hostess Gift, Gift for people who like angels

My Thoughts: Angels by Chuck Fischer is an absolutely beautiful, gift quality book all about angels. He has broken the book into three primary sections about angels: Messengers (those angels who go between the heavens and earth), A Hierarchy of Angels (the different tiers of angelic figures are explained and explored), and Secular Angels (explores other angelic type figures throughout history such as cupids, those in paintings, etc). Each section has a two-page spread full of interesting facts and history, and is followed by pages with intricate pop-up pictures and additional information often shown in mini-books on the different pages.

The thing that sets this book apart from others is that it is full of art and graphics in the form of pop-ups that are absolutely beautiful and very intricate. I know... when you see the words "pop-up book" you automatically think of children's books... or at least I did. Let me clarify here. This is certainly not a children's book. It is geared toward adults who have an appreciation for art and/or angels. I encourage you to share this book with the children in your life, but you should keep it in a safe place and help them look at it as there are so many small pieces and intricate bends to the inner-workings of this book.

I can think of so many great uses for this book: coffee table, gift for people who like art or angels, pure enjoyment, etc. And with the holidays quickly approaching, this would make a great gift!

Content: Informative, interesting and absolutely beautiful
Format: Information is provided on pages, and in mini-books featured on the pop-up pages. The pop-up pictures are a work of art themselves and are engineered by Bruce Foster.
Readability: Enjoyable to both read and view
Overall: A stunning book full of full-color, intricately created pop-up pages designed to thrill people who enjoy angels and art. Great gift book.

From the Back Cover:
Whether you consider angels to be divine messengers, spiritual guides, or the stuff of legend, you will find something to marvel at in Chuck Fischer's beautifully illustrated Angels: A Pop-Up Book. Fischer's original art, inspired by classic images from art history, is crafted into astoundingly intricate three-dimensional pop-ups with fold-outs and moveable parts. Angels brings to life the most captivating stories of these celestial beings, from the angels of the zodiac to Biblical angels to angels in the arts and popular culture. Much like its subject, Angels: A Pop-Up Book inspires awe and wonder and is a unique gift book for all ages.

About the Author: (From the publisher's website)

Chuck Fischer's paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He is the author of five previous pop-up books--The White House, Great American Houses and Gardens, Christmas in New York, Christmas Around the World, and the forthcoming In The Beginning. He lives in New York and Florida.
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Mary (Bookfan) said...

I saw this at B&N over the weekend. It's a beautiful book!

bermudaonion said...

I agree - this book is just gorgeous! I pick it up almost every day and wonder how they made it.

Alice said...

This one looks good. I would like to get a copy of this if I can get it here.

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