I adore pop-up books, and the way in which the good ones don’t just pop but tell a multi-layered story. Fabulous illustrator Jennie Maizels’ Pop-up London doesn’t just show London’s glorious architecture, but tells the history of the city too. From the front, it’s all about the buildings, and snippets of clever info – the river lifts up to show the tube underneath, the Thames has Oxford & Cambridge boats rowing along, from the back are the stories of the people inside those buildings and more snippets of historical juice.
I can’t think of a better present for any child, and especially one that might be visiting London soon. I gave this copy to my four year old godson on his birthday, and most recent reports tell me that he loved spotting all the little details. This is a book that could be read and looked at again and again and still something funny, clever or beautiful would, er, pop up again.
Jennie also makes these wonderful patches to iron onto clothes. Available from www.jenniemaizels.com