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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Philippe Ug
Age Range: 9-11
Funny Birds is an absolutely exquisite and stunning pop-up book that is filled with exotic and colourful three dimensional birds. As the sun rouses these strange, funny birds from their slumber high up in the treetops there is a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour. This is followed by pop-up illustrations of a nest of eggs, birds hatching, following their mother as they learn to fly and exploring and returning home as night draws in. On the final page, a magnificent fully-fledged funny bird rises up in all its glory.
This is a brilliantly conceived book created by paper artist Philippe Ug. He has uses illustration, printmaking, design, and paper engineering in his artwork to bring these birds to life. With each turn of every page, his birds take on intricate patterns of colours and shapes immersing the reader in an avian world of feathers and wings.