best pop-up books in 2013 have evolved from the golden bindings of much larger books. Kids as young as 2 can now traipse through wonderland in pursuit of a white rabbit, stroll the yellow brick road with a cowardly lion, and troll the skies as Superman's sidekicks. Tried-and-true, the following classics are rethought for today's children, as much as the stories in the older books were comprised for those parents and grandparents of yesteryear.
DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book (DC Comics & Matthew Reinhart)
What kid doesn't dream of being a super hero? This book features over 25 detailed pop-up illustrations for children to awe over. There are favorites like the Bat-signal that lights up at the flip of a page, or Wonder Woman's swirling and twirling Lasso of Truth. Future super heroes will spend hours marveling at the life-like pop-ups on every page! Even villains didn't escape the adaptation, as Lex Luthor and The Riddler make a brief appearance in a comic styling. For decades, these super heroes have been coveted as the best, and this pop-up book proves that the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the rest of the DC gang are here to stay.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-Up (L. Frank Baum & Robert Sabuda)
Told in only 16 pages of beautifully detailed pop-up illustrations, this book tells the story of Dorothy and her magical journey through the wonderful land of Oz. Kids will go in search of the wizard, traveling down the yellow brick road and meeting an array of interesting friends along the way. Children will be thrilled as the Tin Man tells Dorothy of his literally heartless hardships, while the Scarecrow mourns the lack of brains in his straw head. With pop-up images that seem to shimmer, each page is a true vacation into the classic tale.
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