I must admit that I am truly a big kid at heart. I loved the Harry Potter books and the movies. One of my favourite aspect of the world of Harry Potter is the vivid settings and characters! For that reason, I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review a copy of the Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book. I hoped that the illustrations in this pop-up book would be as engaging and detailed as they appear in the books and the movies.
As described in their press release, the Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book has “five main pops, side pops, and interactive features… [and] takes readers on a grand tour of the Harry Potter™ world, themes or spreads include: Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, Magical Creatures, Magical Sports and Games, and The Dark Arts featuring original artwork by Andrew Williamson, the concept artist for all eight Harry Potter™ movies. See Nagini uncoil on the page, witness Harry face the Hungarian Horntail dragon, open Ronʼs Howler, peek at Hedwig in her cage, and enjoy the many other recreations of the world of the Harry Potter™ films.
When the book arrived, I got really excited and opened up the book quickly, when I realized was a huge mistake! By doing so, I pulled off one of the tabs for the first large pop-up. For that reason (though it was my fault for opening the book too roughly!), I would suggest opening the book gently one page at a time when you first read it to ensure the tabs don’t get pulled out by someone as excited as me!
The book itself is absolutely gorgeous! While that is not usually a word I’d use to describe a book, I was amazed by the beauty of the illustrations and the detail in the book! I found the pop-up illustrations particularly brilliant because of the detail in all dimensions of the book! Many other pop-up books I have read have only had detailed illustrations on the side of the image that is facing the reader when the book is opened. In contrast (and much to my delight) in the Harry Potter Pop-up book there are detailed images on both sides of each of the pop-ups! I loved it because it was like looking at a three-dimensional image of the illustrations and they were vivid and engaging!
In addition to the pop-up illustrations, I also engaged the other elements of the book. I liked the other illustrations and “secret” compartments that could be opened to reveal illustrations and other information about Harry Potter’s world. I thought it was fun and I think that children of all ages and adults alike would truly enjoy this book! I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves Harry Potter or enjoys a beautifully-illustrated book!