Product Review “Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game”

Since “Frozen” was released last November in theaters, it has flown out of the theaters and take over ever market in the world. “Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game” is the latest game featuring the hit film from Hasbro Gaming. There is nothing special about the game but it is quite fun. It is also very easy for young kids. I have a two year old daughter and she is easily about to play. You have a got a spinner, you move spaces on a board and there is a side game of memory as a bonus. The game board is very “pretty” (in the words of my daughter) with with a pop-up ice palace right in the center.

You can play as Anna, Elsa or Olaf. The little pieces are cute as well. They are fairly detailed and I have a feeling might end up being played it outside of the game as well. Plus with this game you can expand the fun! You can connect the game board to other Pop-Up Magic games (sold separately) to create a longer path to follow. It is actually really cool because you can merge your favorite character with your other favorite Disney characters to create some exciting adventures. So this is a really great feature for a game that is already very reasonable priced. This is a going to be a weekly must play for our family!

Book Review “The Goldilocks Variations: A Pop-up Book”

Author: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Jessica Ahlberg
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: October 23, 2012

Our Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars

“The Goldilocks Variations” is a new adaptation of the classic story that is wittily retold by the Allan Ahlberg and backed with some really impressive illustrations by his daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.  So this is a real family project.  The story is very clever and really gives some new live in this classic story. I am a big sucker for a good pop-up book and this one is very entertaining and a really great page turner.

This book really takes the story of how Goldilocks met the three bears and makes it much more crazy and fun. The stories have a different twist when she encounters a whopping thirty-three bears, the strange-talking Bliim, or even three little pigs.  You are able to lift the flaps and pull the tabs in order to join Goldilocks in her hilarious series of adventures.  The pop-up format really works well for this story and gives it new live as well.  Love forward to future collaborations from Allan Ahlberg and his daughter Jessica Ahlberg.

Book Review “Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book: Based on the Film Phenomenon”

Author: Lucy Kee
Creator: Bruce Foster
Reading level: Ages 7 and up
Hardcover: 12 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release Date: November 16, 2010

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

When it comes to “Harry Potter”, it is a franchise that I can never get enough of. I thought that the idea of a pop-up book would be extremely cool for this series and I was not let down. This book is extremely detailed and should be a must purchase for all fans of “Harry Potter”. Based on the creative development of the films, this book includes amazing original artwork by Andrew Williamson, the concept artist for all eight movies. This is one of the most detailed and impressive 3D pop-up books that I have seen.

The book has five pop ups throughout its twelve pages, inclduing Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Castle, Magical Creatures, Magical Games and the Triwizard Tournament and the Dark Arts. It is not just the pop-ups though on each page,
there are side pop-ups and interactive bonuses as well. It is really amazing how much is packed into this book. Everytime that I pick it up I feel like I find something new.  There is still more included with this, such as three pull-out posters for the series.

The quality of the book is really high. Bruce Foster has created such elaborate designs on each page. Normally with pop-up books there are issues with opening and closing each page without folding or creasing. But those are not found here at all, which is very impressive. If you are looking for a different way to enjoy JK Rowling’s stories and relive your Harry Potter memories, look no further. This piece of memorabilia will not disappoint you at all especially since each page is packed with its own magic.