SEVEN MODERN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Volume 21 Number 1
Vancouver is becoming something of a centre for pop-up and other unusual-format books. First there is Nick Bantock, with his whimsical pop-up nursery rhymes and the exquisitely quirky Sabine books; now there is Celia King.
Seven Modern Wonders of the World follows the success of two similar books: The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World (Chronicle Books, 1990) and The Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Like them, it combines a judicious amount of information with charming and ingenious pop-up illustrations.
If it does not satisfy as much as the first volume, that is less the fault of the author than of her subjects. The Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building are almost too ubiquitous to qualify as wonders in the way that the Colossus of Rhodes and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon do.
Nonetheless, this is a delightful book. The backgrounds to the illustrations have considerable force, and the text is almost certain to send lively minds hunting for further modern marvels.
J.E. Simpson is a retired supervisor of art for the Edmonton public school system in Edmonton, Alberta
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