This unabridged edition of the classic story about the prince from a tiny planet „hardly bigger than a house” integrates the original illustrations into pop-ups, wheels, and flaps. The text is gracefully balanced against the interactive elements as the Prince shares his story: flaps reveal images like the drawing of a sheep that the narrator makes for him, and delicate pop-ups feature characters he’s met, like the clownlike lamp lighter. The pleasing visual effects are subtle, but add an appropriate sense of magic. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Gr 4 Up-Saint-Exupery’s little prince, interplanetary traveler and ingenuous seeker of that which is most important in life, returns in an elegant pop-up edition with unabridged text. The original artwork has been repositioned and redesigned to incorporate movable sculptures, turning wheels, and other visual effects. Almost every spread features an illustration, each carefully placed to add to the story’s pacing and augment its impact. For example, readers’ first glimpse of the little prince’s tiny planet is dramatically presented via an illustration that spins upright as the page is turned. The boy’s recounting of his relationship with his beloved yet vexing flower is made more immediate through a series of sequenced flaps, each harboring a tiny pop-up image. A towering 3-D depiction of the protagonist posed atop a mountain peak underscores his sense of loneliness. Delineated with a delicate touch, the paper engineering adds a new dimension to this wistful fairy tale without overpowering it, enhancing the story’s subtleties and echoing its sense of wonder.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.