#1091 – Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away by Hélène Druvert

cover-side-image-2 Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away
Series: Up, Up, and Away
Written and Illustrated by Hélène Druvert
Thames & Hudson USA 1/01/2016
978-0-500-65104-9
36 pages   Ages 5+

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“Mary Poppins drops in to Cherry Tree Lane to visit the Banks children, Michael and Jane.

“Come with them to see some of London’s great sights and share their adventures on magical nights . . . A beautifully crafted homage to P. L. Travers’ much-loved stories, with page after page of intricate lasercuts and enchanting drawings.” [BACK COVER]

Review
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Michael and Jane Banks, the children from the Mary Poppins stories, are in the park flying their new kites high up in the sky. When the kites finally float back to earth, the children’s nanny, Mary Poppins, descends along with the kites. “I thought I’d drop by, “Mary Poppins tells the children. The three stroll around London, visiting Buckingham Palace—Michael tries to make the stoic guards react—Big Ben, and Piccadilly Square where an iconic double-decker bus awaits passengers.
buckingham-palace-spread© 2016 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London

Sometime later, Jane listens to a seashell. Suddenly, she and Michael find themselves not in bed, but in the deep sea surrounding England. Here, Mary Poppins plays her accordion with an undersea creature band then dances with the children on the ocean floor. Finally, a huge comet, one of many shooting across the night sky, picks up Michael and Jane, taking them to an unusual circus filled with constellations. Mary Poppins watches from her seat on the moon.

The most awesome thing about Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away, which is more a magical travel log than a story, are the unbelievably wonderful laser cut paper illustrations. A solid page, offering the text and black and white images, alternates with the laser cut pages, giving those cut illustrations noticeable depth. Without these solid pages, turning each page would be difficult. One must take care when handling the laser cut pages, as they are as delicate as they are beautiful. The mostly small, thin, closely spaced cuts gain dimension when held against the opposite solid page, which holds hidden secrets.
big-ben-spread© 2016 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London

Kids, young and old, will enjoy this Mary Poppins charmer for the laser cut images, not the story. These paper-cut illustrations are sometimes beyond words, but all are beautiful. Hélène Druvert’s original cuts must have taken her hours, if not days to complete. The reader must take great care to avoid pulling the cuts apart. On one page, I’m not sure if the cuts popped apart or if these squares are intended as windows onto the next solid page, on which Michael and Jane ride a comet. Don’t flip by those solid pages, as many contain interesting images all their own, often secreted by the previous laser cut page.

Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away must be seen and, lightly, touched to be believed. Children get a tour of London’s Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Square, Big Ben, and the Banks home on Cherry Tree Lane, in addition to the surrounding ocean and a comet-filled night sky. Fans of Mary Poppins will love seeing their icon depicted with Hélène Druvert’s paper art. As a storybook, readers need to use extreme care to avoid ruining the art within. Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away is probably is best not directly handled by young children.
paris-spreadThe © 2016 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London

Up, Up and Away series includes Paris Up, Up and Away also paper cut and engineered by acclaimed artist Hélène Druvert. Both books are a picture book collector’s dream.

MARY POPPINS UP, UP AND AWAY. Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Hélène Druvert. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Thames & Hudson USA, New York, NY.

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Originally published as Un petit tour avec Mary Poppins in Paris, © 2016 by Gautier-Langereau / Hachette Livre, Paris

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Reprinted with permission from MARY POPPINS UP, UP AND AWAY © 2016 by Hélène Druvert, Thames & Hudson USA. Illustrations © 2016 by Hélène Druvert.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

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Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away
Series: Up, Up, and Away
Written and Illustrated by Hélène Druvert
Thames & Hudson USA 1/01/2016
9780500651049

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