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Zahhak: The Legend Of The Serpent King Hardcover – 2 October 2018

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This is one of the best pop-up books I've seen in a long time.--Robert Sabuda

A lively book in which each page offers its share of little surprises -- a flap to lift, a wheel to turn ... So the story of this terrible tyrannical king comes to life, and we tremble for his people and for those who will find the courage to dethrone him. Magnificent.

A pop-up book that makes full use of the medium and is guaranteed to impress on multiple readings. I highly recommend checking it out if you have any interest in mythology, papercraft, or just want to be surprised by how much someone can hide between the pages of a book!

It's like a tiny, portable theatrical performance, with animated folds of paper that surround and crown kings or move celestial bodies.

Zahhak, the Legend of the Serpent King has all the ingredients of the blackest eastern tale -- palace intrigues, demons, invaders come from a far country. The illustrations explode into flamboyant three-dimensional constructions. The scenes of King Zahhak possessed by the Evil One, the march on Iran, and the liberation of the Persian throne are simply breathtaking.

Zahhak is a cardboard theater where the characters come alive, crowned with real feathers. As if by magic, over the pages arise a luxury of flamboyant and calligraphic details, revealing a city, a forest, a palace, a cave, dark snakes, roaring waves, or armies in the countryside. A fairytale dream for children and a source of wonder for the whole family.

Zahhak animates the Persian epic Shanameh in new and startling ways. ... [A] magnificent creation that extends the boundaries of what a pop-up book can be expected to contain.

About the Author

Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John Guggenheim Fellow, filmmaker, and graphic artist whose work has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. His narrative and documentary films have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and Venice, and have gained international recognition for their socially conscious storylines. He also worked for Disney.


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Rouga omar
5.0 out of 5 starsSuch a beautiful book both the kids and I enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely breathtaking
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis book is magnificient!
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5.0 out of 5 stars1000 times better than pictures!
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