December 9, 2010

Vintage Movable Review: Sleeping Beauty

It’s winter and I feel like hibernating. This desire for dreamland reminds me of the great pop-up, Sleeping Beauty by Vojtech Kubasta. This English language copy was printed in 1961 by Artia in Prague for Bancroft & Co. in London. It is a charming retelling of the classic fairytale and Kubasta has brought his trademark design to the work. Largely cut from single sheets of paper, he embellished these inventive pop-ups with pull tabs (including the cover!). Kubasta’s color palette and characters are lively and unique and the story invites countless rereadings…that is after I take a nap.



Melissa Saylor said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. I had this book when I was a little girl and loved it so much. I'm going to ask my Mom if she still has it. Thanks again for the great memories.

Wobble The Witch Cat said...

I really love Kubasta's work I have several of his splendid pop up books Cinderella , Snow White , Hansel and Gretel , they're such charming books and well worth looking out for!

I also have Once Long Ago , published in the UK by Paul Hamlyn books , a "flat" illustrated volume of Classic Fairy Tales in full colour marvellous stuff!