First-time parents-to-be are always looking for clever ways to tell their parents they’re going to be grandparents. My grandma friend, Kristi showed me a beautiful book she always gives to brand new grandmas. It’s ABC3D by Marion Bataille, a widely published graphic artist and illustrator who lives and works in France.
I think ABC3D would also make a wonderful gift for an expectant couple to announce: You’re going to be grandparents! The couple could include a cute card along with the book that says: Now you’ll have to learn your ABC’s of grandparenting! This gem of a book was described by The Washington Post as “easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade… Beyond clever.”
Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there’s U…Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.
But a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at this video of one of the most delightful pop-up books I’ve ever seen.
The challenge for grandparents will be to keep the book until their grandchild is old enough to enjoy the pop-up letters and not tear them.