Today for my Weekly Read I am featuring a few books I came across while touring around London on my recent trip.  Two books intended for children: Pop-Up London and London ABC; and a great collection of photos and vignettes about the city – London. Portrait of a City – from the wonderful Taschen publishers.

Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels

b1About Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels: “Follow the River Thames through the famous, funny and fantastic sights of London – from Kew Gardens to the Olympic Village. With amazing interactive pop-ups, flaps and tabs to lift as well as buildings to explore and tabs to move, this is your chance to see London in all its three-dimensional glory. Full of fun and facts, this is a delight for all, whether introducing this great city to novices or revealing unknown treats to the capital’s long-time fans.”

You don’t have to be a child to love a good pop-up book, and the pop-up here are really well done and are true works of art.

Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

London ABC by Ben Hawkes

b2About London ABC by Ben Hawkes: “From Aquarium to Zoo: all of London is here in this covetable portable guide to the capital. Brilliant for any visitor to London as a handy checklist, as well as a gorgeous gift for the London lover. There’s tons to spot in the pictures, including a lost penguin, trying to find his way home. Illustrated in a gloriously retro palette by Ben Hawkes, the London ABC is quirky, witty and endlessly appealing.”

I love Mr. Hawkes’ artwork. I love it so much I am seriously considering purchasing a couple of these books in order to deconstruct them and use some of the images as wall art.

London ABC by Ben Hawkes is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

London. Portrait of a City by Reuel Golden

b3About London. Portrait of a City by Reuel Golden: “Samuel Johnson famously said that: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ London’s remarkable history, architecture, landmarks, streets, style, cool, swagger, and stalwart residents are pictured in hundreds of compelling photographs sourced from a wide array of archives around the world. London is a vast sprawling metropolis, constantly evolving and growing, yet throughout its complex past and shifting present, the humor, unique character, and bulldog spirit of the people have stayed constant. This book salutes all those Londoners, their city, and its history. In addition to the wealth of images included in this book, many previously unpublished, London’s history is told through hundreds of quotations, lively essays, and references from key movies, books, and records.”

This book is just full of so many great things for anyone who loves London or is interested in learning more about the great city. London. Portrait of a City is published by Taschen, and like most Taschen books, the book itself is a stunning work of art on its own.

London. Portrait of a City by Reuel Golden is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.