Friday, November 25, 2011

A Box of Bugs

4 Pop-Up Concept Books
Created by David Carter
$14.99 (board book set), 64 pages, ages 4-8

Boys and bugs. It's one of life's sure things.

It seems as soon as boys can walk, they're hunkering down with a hand in the path of a roly poly, trying to coax it up for a ride.

And you know what that means. It's just a matter of time before they're carrying them inside, asking if their bugs can stay. 

As parents, we love to see them enthralled in nature, but wouldn't it be nice if some of the bugs in their hands weren't so real, yet still moved about as if they were?

Well, the bugs in Carter's adorable set of four pop-up books do just that. They flap and crawl, while introducing toddlers to the basics of colors, opposites, counting, and up and down.

Paper centipedes, butterflies, beetles and bees play peek-a-boo with readers, unfurling their wings, sliding out of hiding places, even playing on a seesaw.

Among them, a striped red beetle with spiraling antennae that unwind as the page opens and a pointing finger bug (a human hand with eyes and feelers) that pops out of a box to direct the way to the right and left.

Every bug has a goofy, lovable look, capped off with oversized eyes, and is brightly colored with stripes, polka-dots, checks, swirls and even tie-dye patterns.

Perfect for little hands, the movable art is simple and sturdy, and can be closed quickly without wings or feelers getting bent.

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