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The pop-up is three stars, but minus two for the text,
This review is from: Nursery Tales: Every Page a Stage (Hardcover)
This chunky volume looks like a fun thing for a bedtime read: each page consists of a pop-up proscenium arch, like in an old-fashioned theatre, and the characters can be moved around to a limited extent - a very limited extent. Jiggled a bit, basically, until they come out/rip/fall off, which they do surprisingly easily. It's neither very well conceived nor very well executed, but the real offender is the text by Dug Steer, a series of fairy tales shoehorned into thumpingly inept verse that most of the time doesn't even scan, let alone have any lilt or music to it, and which on occasion doesn't even rhyme properly. The standard for children's poetry is pretty high when you consider that most kids have access to high-quality stuff by the likes of Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl, so there's really no excuse for writing this badly in a children's book, or publishing something this inane.