(hope you are feeling brave!)
|YES this is real 3D!|
Whilst em"bark"ing on a spot of spring cleaning (pink feather duster in hand) one stumbled upon what must be one of the all time classic picture pop-ups Jan Pienkowski's Greenaway award winning Haunted House.
I remember the tatty old (much loved) edition at our local library, bearly a pop left in tact but still the book which everyone made a beeline for.
I now look back and wonder whether it was the closest thing to watching television but on re-visiting this spoooooky story I can see that it's almost perfect in every way!
|Scared?! me? ..no way I'm double hard!|
Crrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeak open up the door on this house of horrors and you will be in for a big surprise!
you will; be whisked through the rooms of a spooky old house as a prospective new tenant encountering the following on your way
- Real dangly spiders
- A googly eyed octopus doing the dishes
- An utterly horrifying spaghetti monster with fried egg eyes launching itself out of the fridge
- A humongous Ape with pecs that Peter Andrea would be proud of
|Mouse = not fussed...|
- A wall busting alien beast with horrifying antenna
- Posh Spice chilling out in a wardrobe
- And a life sized bat and a real sawing saw! (very clever)
|Her head is practically being sawn in two ...still sleeping...|
I loved this book as a pup and it was smashing re-visiting this spooky old house.
Now must get back to dusting those cobwebs and re-arranging those skeletons in the cupboard!
Here are 3 interesting facts about Jan...
1- His lifelong interest in stage design landed numerous commissions: two shows for Theatre de Complicite, then Beauty and the Beast for The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and a spectacular Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland, Paris
2- The first book he ever wrote at the age of 8 was about road rage
3- He is the creator of the best-selling Meg and Mog series
NB: Interestingly as we now embark on the era of the App, Haunted House was made into a CD-Rom at the time which seems to me an unusual format for a pop-up book....