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Pop-Up London
by Jennie Maizels
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, this novelty pop-up book explores some of the famous sites of this great city. The large format book is unique in that it not only pictures the key buildings in the city but if you turn the book around once a page has popped-up, you will be delighted to see the inside of the structure too.

You begin your tour along the banks of the Thames and will find Harrods, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the three dimensional Royal Albert Hall. Be sure to lift the flaps to learn interesting facts about some of the city's other attractions.

The centerpiece of the next two page spread is Buckingham Palace, where inside a State Dinner is taking place. Next up is the Nelson's Column, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Parliament, and the London Eye.

Traveling farther up the river you'll discover Saint Paul's Cathedral, the Tate Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and a collection of new skyscrapers, including the distinctive Gherkin. The final spread showcases London Bridge, the Tower of London, the Oz entertainment complex and a special pop-up on the new Olympic Park.

Besides the visual impact of this book, you'll find it filled with snippets of information about the city, its history and the people who once inhabited it. To further engage the reader, the author also includes a series of questions that challenge the reader to find the answers in the book. For example, you are asked how the Royal Albert got its name and where the writer of the first dictionary is buried.

Whether you plan to travel to England some time in the future or just watch the Olympics from home this summer, this fascinating and clever book will make the experience more meaningful for the entire family. After this vicarious visit to London you'll be ready for either seeing the same sights in person or featured on the television.

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