Pop Up London

You don’t have to have tickets to the 2012 Olympics to enjoy London in three dimensions.

Explore the iconic landmarks of London in the superb new book, Pop Up London by the extremely talented Jennie Maizels.

All the things that London is famous for, both old and new, are included. As we follow the course of the River Thames, readers are treated to a pop-up Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, the Underground, the London Eye, the new Olympic stadium and more.

As well as lots of neat paper engineering, the book includes snippets of history and hidden details – little books within the book, things to find, marching guards at Buckingham Palace and most impressively, the drawbridge on Tower Bridge – kids will be begging to raise the bridge over and over again.

As a retired rower, my favourite spread includes a moveable boat race between Oxford and Cambridge – go crew! And mention must be made of a certain just-wed couple waving to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Find Pop Up London at Book Depository for about $25. Book Depository ship free to Australia.

Love pop-up books? So do we – check out some of the other pop-up books that we have reviewed in the past including Hansel and Gretel and The Little Prince.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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