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My Fairytale Dream Palace Hardcover – Illustrated, 13 Sep 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230743323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230743328
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Maggie Bateson is a hugely talented paper engineer with a skill for devising ever more intricate pop-ups. She has created eight previous carousel books for Macmillan, including MY FAIRY MAGIC SCHOOL (978-0-230-70960-6), all illustrated by Louise Comfort. Louise Comfort is an established and hugely popular illustrator. As well as her collaborations with Maggie Bateson, she has illustrated the successful FAIRY PHONES and FAIRYTALE PRINCESS STORIES series for Campbell Books, establishing her as the queen of fairy publishing.


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My Fairytale Dream Palace is absolutely gorgeous, honestly, I'm amazed at the quality and detail. The book is divided into two sections; the first is a fairytale that guides you around the palace and introduces you to a host of press-out cardboard characters. Once you've read the story you come to the second part of the book, which is even better, you fold back the covers and out pops the most amazing 3D palace. Packed with detail, wonderful colours, illustrations, a good large size, well made and just "beautiful".

So much thought has gone into this publication (you should see the 3D beds and furtniture) they've even gone to the trouble of adding a cardboard overnight bag to store all of the press-out bits and pieces.

I don't have a criticism, I do have one piece of advice:- very young child will rip and tear this wonderful pop-up with no trouble at all. The whole thing's beautifully made and quite durable but it won't stand up to much wear and tear.
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By M. D Roberts VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2012
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My wife and I opened this in the presence of our three year old grand-daughter. As we opened the book one word resonated from each of us at the same time - "wow!"

This is very much a case of not judging a book by its cover - literally. This is a pop-up book and what pops up will take your breath away for a book of this nature.

The revelation of the palace is remarkable. Other reviewers have remarked upon the amount of detail revealed, so I will not bore you with repeating what has been so eloquently described by other reviewers.

If I have any criticism with this product it is just that the product seems just too good for a young child to play with, in that it is quite fragile and is likely to be damaged quite easily. That said, do not let this put you off. I only wish they did this sort of thing for boys and that I was fifty years younger. Highly recommended.
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By hali on 23 July 2013
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stunningly beautiful. disagreeing with the least helpful review which said the book wont close, it will close even if a young child ripped out the pop up book and actually it would last as long as any book would in the hands of a young child. the illustrator is very talented. this book is a marvel. firstly you read a long and detailed story then you come to a page with 21 pull out props which will be then used to play with the 360 degree pop up palace right at the end of the book. the pop us is amazing and colourful. imagine how much more beautiful the props would be if they had glitter on them! intricately designed, even staircases going up in each section. there are three sections so imagine a circle divided into 3. to keep the pop up open u tie both hardback covers with a ribbon but i think three ribbons would have done a better job. my soon to be 7 year old loved receiving this as a present. i showed her the titles without giving away the surprise and she chose this one. i do wonder how long she will carry on playing with it though. i think the optimum age for this book would be 5. amazon always does the best value on books. and i love that they have so many products on free delivery. this is a brilliant present to give anyone but beware not all the books have a 3d pop up. i bought the top model books by depesche and the paper fashions by klutz on amazon along with this to keep two daughters entertained during the summer holidays and both the other books are brilliant too.
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By A to Z TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2012
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This 30 by 20cm book is a actually a 3-D paper palace with 22 characters and accessories to pop out and a story at the front. The whole thing is folded out and secured by a ribbon to make a 3 stories palace. We also own My Fairy Winter Wonderland and so my daughter is familiar with the concept and was excited to see what secrets were in this palace. This book has a lot of detailing. including a roof top garden, maze and also lots of stairs for the little figures to be walked up and down. There are three separate walled section through the 360 degrees of the book, as opposed to 4 in some of the other titles, this makes access to the scenes for play easier for little hands.

My daughter plays with her toys quite carefully and so hasn't damaged this book really or the other she has owned for a year or two - this is all made of paper but it's fairly robust and cleverly folds down when play is done. There are a few nice touches like the fact that the beds have a cover that can be lifted up to put any of 8 2-D characters to bed. The story at the front is about a fairy sleep over in a castle, in all honesty the story is probably the weakest aspect of the book, but play value wise it's excellent and there are little nooks and crannies to discover every time you pay with it - a fairy hiding in a tree or a weather wheel to turn. All the little pop out accessories are stored in a pocket at the front and have been well thought through - bed time items feature as do fairytale staples such as a frog and a pumpkin, all encouraging imagination and interaction from the child.
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