Sunday, November 14, 2010

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Pop-Up Book by Charles Dickens; illustrated by Chuck Fischer; paper engineering by Bruce Foster

CLOSED.
Thanks to the holly-jolly folks at
Hachette Book Group,
I have been authorized to
 give away one (only 1) copy of
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Pop-Up Book
by Charles Dickens, Chuck Fischer.

Rules for entering this giveaway
are at the bottom of this post.


by Charles Dickens
illustrated by Chuck Fischer
paper engineering by Bruce Foster

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Category: Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Format: Hardcover Book
Publish Date: 11/10/2010
Price: $30.00/$36.00
ISBN: 9780316039734
Pages: 12
Size: 7-3/4" x 9-3/4"

Description (from the publisher):
This beautiful re-imagining of Charles Dickens's timeless fable, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book features artist Chuck Fischer's richly painted depictions of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, brought to life in intricate pop-up scenes by paper engineer Bruce Foster. The entire text of A Christmas Carol is reproduced in five removable, illustrated, keepsake booklets. An introductory booklet provides a biography of Dickens and an illustrated feature on the enduring appeal of this beloved story.

Click here to view the pop-up book.

Click here to visit the website of paper engineer, Bruce Foster.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Thoughts:
Let's face it -- it hardly seems like Christmas without Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. But, let's continue to face it, after a lifetime of retelling, the story can get a little -- how can I put this? -- stale. If that's how you're feeling about this classic story, then this is the book for you! Chuck Fischer's beautiful illustrations and Bruce Foster's ingenous paper engineering literally bring this old favorite to 3-D life.

Six delightful page spreads definitely make the story pop -- as in UP, of course! Beginning with a beautifully detailed depiction of a London street at Christmastime. We are then visited by Marley's Ghost and each of the three Christmas Spirits - Past, Present, and Future. The final pop-up is again of the London street but this time the foreground includes the joyous Tiny Tim held aloft on the shoulder of a beaming Scrooge. There is so much detail in each of the individual scenes that you will want to spend some time examining each one. I continually find something new each time I look the book over. I think my favorite depiction is that of the Ghost of Christmas Past. There's an extra little series of pop-ups which give us glimpses of Scrooge's younger years and help explain how he came to be so close-hearted and tight-fisted.

Another thing that I really liked is that each pop-up page includes a little booklet, dividing the text of A CHRISTMAS CAROL into five segments. It makes it easy to read the story a little at a time allowing the reader to savor both the message and the period detail. Additionally, the little pamphlets are illustrated with pictures by John Leech, the original illustrator of A Christmas Carol. The first pamphet contains an essay on the enduring appeal of the story and a brief biography of Charles Dickens himself. These little pamphlets enhance the story told in pop-ups and should not be overlooked.

We've all enjoyed Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Pop-Up Book here at my house. Chuck Fischer and Bruce Foster have created another beautiful book that will appeal to to anyone of any age. I highly recommend it.

About Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the most prolific authors of the nineteenth century. In his many short stories, plays, novellas, and

About the author and illustrator (from the publisher):
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the most prolific authors of the nineteenth century. In his many short stories, plays, novellas, and novels, he created some of literature's most memorable characters.

Chuck Fischer's paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He is the author of six previous pop-up books: The White House, Great American Houses and Gardens, Christmas in New York, Christmas Around the World, In the Beginning, and Angels: A Pop-Up Book. He lives in New York and Florida. Click here to visit his website.

RULES FOR ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY:

• Leave an original comment on this post telling me you would like to win. Include an email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you do win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com or geebee.reads [at] gmail [dot] com

You must leave an email address in order to qualify. If I can't contact you, you can't win!

• You can earn an extra entry by being or becoming a Follower or Subscriber of this blog and telling me about it in a separate comment.

• Blog about this contest and provide me with the link to the post in a separate comment, and I'll give you yet another entry.

• Tweeting about this contest and providing me the link in a separate comment will get you one more entry. I've added a Retweet button at the bottom of every post.

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• Winners must provide a U.S. or Canadian street address. Hachette is unable to deliver to P.O. Boxes.

• PLEASE NOTE: One win per household. If you win this title in another contest hosted at another blog, Hachette will only send one copy per household address.

Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, December 3, 2010.

• Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email announcing that they have won; if I don't hear from a winner, I will draw another name.

• Winners are determined using the sequence generator at Random.org.

Thank you to Anna
at Hachette Book Group
for making this giveaway possible.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

69 comments:

PoCoKat said...

I love the story of A Christmas Carol and think this would be an awesome book to own.

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Linda Henderson said...

I would love to win this book for my grandkids, I think they would love it.

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Lori L said...

What a special edition of A Christmas Carol! This is a book that would become a family heirloom!
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I was astounded by the Angels popup book by Chuck Fischer and so would love to read this one also!

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this for my son. He loves Christmas books!

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JHS. said...

I still have my pop-up books from my childhood and I love them. Pop-up books are great for kids & encourage them to read -- certainly inspired me. I would love to share this with a little someone special this holiday season.

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Charleydog said...

I love pop-up books.

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Zibilee said...

I LOVE Dickens and would love to win this pop-up book. I love hims so much that I bought a Great Expectations necklace that I wore yesterday while doing the grocery shopping!! Thanks for hosting this incredible giveaway!!

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rubynreba said...

I like to read Christmas stories to my little grandkids and this would be perfect!
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Chuck Fischer said...

Thanks for the great review of my new book. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it and are offering a
giveaway, and if you or your readers have an iPad, check out the Apple App store my for new interactive App of A Christmas Carol. Chuck Fischer
www.chuckfischer.com

librarypat said...

I love pop-up books and have a small collection of them. We have their CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK and CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD at our library and they are lovely.

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Colleen Turner said...

My son would LOVE this book! He is five and this is right up his alley.
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Colleen Turner said...

I am an email subscriber.
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I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).
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Kerry said...

I'd love to enter, thanks!

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Kerry said...

I'm also a follower

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Sarah said...

I read about a wonderful idea of using books as a advent calendar/countdown to Christmas. Each night, you read a special book. Since my kiddo is only 10 months old, I've just started collecting books- A beautiful pop-up version of The Christmas Carol would be a lovely addition! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Sarah said...

And I'm a follower! :)

wmmahaney said...

I love Christmas stories and amazingly I have never actually read this story.
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boliyou said...

I'd love a copy of this to add to my small collection of pop-up books! esmith401[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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Barginmom said...

I would love to add this book to my Christmas tradition and I enjoy reading pop up books!

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Steve Capell said...

This would be the perfect gift for my grandson! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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rubynreba said...

This would become a specal treasure at "Grandma's house". My little grandkids would love it!
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Renee G said...

I would love to win a copy of this. I adore pop-up books.
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Eileen said...

I have a neice and nephew that would adore this book, they are the perfect ages, seven and eight, and I know their Mother loves to read to them every night.

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A Woman said...

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stacybuckeye said...

I would LOVE to give this to my mother for Christmas. Please enter me.
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Joann said...

I would love to win this for my teen who loves Classic books! Thank you
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holdenj said...

This looks like a beautiful feast for the eyes! Thanks for the info and chance to win.
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Theresa N. said...

This would be a great book to read to the grands.
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Jennifer L. said...

I love this book and think my son would love that it's a pop-up book.
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Vinci said...

Greetings:
I am a follower, using google friends.
As Dickens is one of my fav.
writers, would love to win
this amazing book.
Christmas is not started, till
I watch the old film of The
Christmas Carol.
cheers
dayleb@telus.net

Tara said...

This book looks so beautiful! I would love to get it for my 1 year old son! hopefully he won't ruin it lol! This would be a great addition to our Christmas Collection!

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GMR said...

Would love a chance to win this! I reread this title every year in one format or another and a pop-up version would DEFINITELY be a first. Thanks for the chance! Happy holidays..and happy reading...

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Tara said...

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Sky Princess said...

A pop up book! My son was always fascinated by these. Now he is grown but I have lots of very young nieces and nephews. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Ruthie said...

Awww, so pretty! I would love to read it to my grandson.

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Zoë said...

The Christmas story is such a wonderful story and this book would be a gorgeous holiday gift...to myself!

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Zoë said...

I am a GFC follower :)

krstrpp said...

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Jeanne M said...

A Christmas Carol was always my favorite Christmas book when I was growing up in the late 1940's - early 1950's. We always tried to carry on the tradition with our own children. It's time now to pass on this love of great stories to our young grandchildren and this would be a great edition to help pass on to them the joy of reading.