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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias by Gary Greenberg

The Pop-Up Book of Phobias (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Gary Greenberg

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Title:The Pop-Up Book of Phobias
Authors:Gary Greenberg
Info:HarperEntertainment (1999), Hardcover, 22 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2013
Tags:Humor, Phobias, Pop-up, Illustrated, Reread, 2013

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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias by Gary Greenberg (1999)


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I HATED the clown.....but it's not a phobia. I Never even thought much of clowns until I became an adult, way into my 40's...then I realized that they are grotesque and eerie.

But I liked the rest....my favorites (they made me giggle): The Dentist, The Skyscraper, The SNAKES....after the snakes the spider was disappointing.

I only gave this a 3 because it was only entertaining, but not in a lasting way.....there wasn't much "substance" by way of "reading material". ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Simplistic, uncomplicated popups. Nice addition to the crazy popup collection ( )
  jspringbrinkley | Mar 15, 2014 |
A very nice, large-format adult pop-up book. My favorite is the dentist who is, if memory serves, viewed from an inside-your-mouth perspective. Many common phobias are pleasingly/disturbingly represented, making this an excellent gift for your favorite therapist (though you'll have to process the meaning of the gift, so you may want to drop it off anonymously). ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Having loved Gary Greenberg's The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares, I just couldn't resist his book on phobias. It is every bit as hilarious, and the two page spreads of pop ups are so effectively rendered that sensitive readers may find some of them creepy.

What sorts of phobias are presented? All the standard ones, plus some you didn't know you had. There's fear of heights (acrophobia) -- and the pop-up book puts you at the top of a tall building looking dizzily down at the streets far below. There's claustrophobia, where the book puts you in a crowded elevator with people pressed against you. There's dentophobia, and the two - page spread opens to show a mean looking dentist bending over you with a huge drill (the drill "turns" as you open the book wider!). There's fear of flying (aerophobia), in which (as you open the book) your oxygen mask comes down, your tray table tilts and spills your drink, and outside your window you see flames and a crazily tilted horizon. And then there's fear of public speaking -- you're on stage in front of an unfriendly crowd; the microphone looms out of the page towards you, but you're unprepared and speechless. In addition, there's fear of snakes (ophidiophobia); fear of spiders (I will confess -- that page got to me); fear of unsanitary conditions (mysophobia), fear of death (necrophobia); and fear of clowns (which I never experienced until this book, but now...)

The Pop-Up Book of Phobias is quite well done -- very funny, skillfully rendered, and intelligently presented. There's nothing stranger than someone else's phobia, and most everyone will get plenty of laughs from this book, even if some of the laughter is nervously tinged with shivers and shudders. ( )
3 vote danielx | Jan 23, 2011 |
Laugh-out-loud and fall-out-of-your-chair funny. Very well-done art work. If you've ever worked in the psychology field, you must see this book! ( )
  dizzylizzy | Dec 10, 2007 |
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Reinhart, MatthewPaper Engineersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rubess, BalvisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688171958, Hardcover)

Fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of flying, fear of death--everyone is afraid of something. And these pop-ups place you in the hot seat--whether it's the dentist's chair as the drill comes spinning toward you; looking over the edge of a skyscraper whose sheer face plummets thousands of feet to the sidewalk far below; or the window seat of a plane as the oxygen mask deploys, your drink spills, and the horizon line shifts to an angle that is suddenly, terribly wrong . . .

Brought to life by outrageously macabre artwork and startlingly innovative pop-ups, The Pop-up Book of Phobias is an engineering marvel and cult classic in the making--an offbeat holiday treasure sure to become this season's most talked-about gift book.

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