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Review: Angels

October 23, 2009


Angels by Chuck Fischer is an extraordinary book.  When it came in the mail, Carl chuckled because I’d received a pop-up book.  Once I opened it and started turning the pages, he stopped laughing and starting gasping.  I cannot describe just how gorgeous and stunning this book is.  This is not a kids’ pop-up book.  The paper engineer on this project was Bruce Foster and he does a phenomenal job – I cannot begin to imagine the time and work involved in creating something like this.

This book is more than brilliant illustrations and pop-up work, though.  The text, written by Curtis Flowers, is chock full of information about angels of all kinds.  This book has them all – Eastern Angels, Mythological Angels, Biblical Angels, Secular Angels and Angels of the Zodiac.

Angels is a fascinating book and I’ve discovered something new every time I’ve picked it up.  I learned that Archangel Michael is the greatest archangel in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  I also learned that most Biblical Angels are male.    My only complaint with the book is a very minor one –  some of the text is difficult to read because of the pop-ups.

If you know anyone who loves angels or art, Angels would make a fabulous gift.  I know I would be thrilled to receive something like this.

Check out this short video to see what the inside of the book looks like:

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Amazon Associate.
32 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2009 6:09 am

    a pop up book? wow, I dont’ think I’ve seen a pop-up book before except may be the first page popping up or something.

  2. October 23, 2009 6:26 am

    This sounds like the perfect Christmas gift for my mother who has collected angels for over two decades!

  3. October 23, 2009 7:06 am

    I like pop-up books – this looks beautiful!

  4. October 23, 2009 7:14 am

    You always find the most interesting books. I love angel books. Michael rocks.

  5. October 23, 2009 7:17 am

    One word – gorgeous!

  6. October 23, 2009 7:20 am

    Wow! This book looks amazing. Your review definitely makes me want to get my hands on it!

  7. October 23, 2009 8:36 am

    My husband’s cousin always buys my kids books for birthdays and Xmas, and one year he got them these pop-up books that are absolutely stunning. They are truly works of art. I have a couple of friends that would love this…on my Xmas shopping list it goes!

  8. docshona permalink
    October 23, 2009 8:55 am

    I love pop up books and my have saved my first pop up book which was The Pop Up Book Of Cats 🙂

    The video and your review shows how beautiful and informative this book is .

  9. October 23, 2009 10:12 am

    Kathy I agree this book is absolutely stunning. Michael loved looking at the book.

    Loved your review and thanks for sharing the video.

  10. October 23, 2009 11:39 am

    I, too, have a mother who’s been collecting angels for many, many years. This is the perfect gift for her. Thanks for finding this and sharing with us. The video was the final clincher.

  11. October 23, 2009 11:45 am

    Oh my, this is something I would definitely like to have. I love angels. The cover and the video of the book is amazing.

  12. October 23, 2009 1:31 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book and I actually like pop up books, also those meant for kids 😉

  13. October 23, 2009 1:35 pm

    This looks like a beautiful book, Kathy. Great review!

  14. Carol permalink
    October 23, 2009 1:55 pm

    It is gorgeous, isn’t it?

  15. October 23, 2009 2:33 pm

    WOW! That book is stunning. I’m so glad I watched the video to get the full effect.

  16. October 23, 2009 3:15 pm

    Isn’t it gorgeous? And there’s always something new to find, like the pictures on the back of the pictures! I love it!

  17. October 23, 2009 3:45 pm

    That is a gorgeous book!
    I did know about the Archangel Michael. Amazing how he transcends everyhting/is cross cultural. Makes you wonder….

    good review B!

  18. October 23, 2009 3:51 pm

    Oh my — it’s stunning! When I was a child I adored pop-up books (truth be told, I still do) … I’m going to add this to my collection.

  19. October 23, 2009 4:14 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic and beautiful book, Kathy. I agree that it would make a wonderful gift for the right person. I love the bit you show in the video. The angels reminded me of the Christmas Tree in the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. It’s beautifully decorated with handmade, exquisitely dressed angels and the base is surrounded by a stunning nativity scene. The colors and look of many of the angels in the video here resemble the angels on the Met tree. It’s a beautiful book. Thank you for sharing.

  20. October 23, 2009 4:19 pm

    This looks heavenly! 🙂

  21. October 23, 2009 4:31 pm

    Wow!! That is beautiful and you’re so right it would make a great gift!!

  22. October 23, 2009 5:43 pm

    That is such a gorgeous book!

  23. October 23, 2009 6:37 pm

    Oh wow, this is an incredible book. I saw the video and I was stunned. I wish I could have a copy and read the descriptions. I suddenly have a fascination for angels. It’s too bad Chapters and Indigo in Canada don’t seem to have it. I’d love to get a copy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. October 23, 2009 7:49 pm

    I LOVE this new, very sophisticated pop up books. I have bought a couple as gifts. How they mass produce these is beyond me.

  25. October 23, 2009 10:52 pm

    This book looks gorgeous! Will be a perfect present for my mother. And how funny that so many moms collect angels?

  26. October 23, 2009 11:59 pm

    This is the first time I have seen this book, and it looks wonderful!

  27. October 24, 2009 1:35 am

    I love pop up books and this one looks really cool!! Thanks for sharing!

  28. October 25, 2009 1:21 am

    This book is amazing. I might have to pick this one up for a gift.

  29. October 25, 2009 8:05 pm

    I’ve seen some “grown up” pop up books and they can be amazing and stunning. Sounds like this is one!

  30. October 26, 2009 5:14 am

    What a gorgeous book! I know I’d be very happy to receive it as a gift if it was given to me. 😀

  31. October 26, 2009 12:27 pm

    I’m intrigued by the idea of a grown-up pop-up book. This sounds fascinating!

  32. October 26, 2009 4:13 pm

    Oh, I’ve been waiting for you to get to this one! I am glad that you liked it and that the pop-ups were so stunning. I have a little fascination with angels, and now I think I want this book!

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