David Carter, the creator of the Bugs in a Box books, has engineered a new Pop-Up Menagerie called Curious Critters with words by Alan Benjamin. His funky, fantastical critters will definitely tickle your funny bone and grab your child's attention. Starting the show are The Acrobaterpillars, who pile into a tall pyramid, with two more performers hanging from suspension strings, while several more perform jumps and flips. The Shine-o-saur is a flying prehistoric creature with shiny wings. The grand finale is the Sopranosaurus, a dinosaur in queenly garb who sings a few bars of comic opera when you press the precious stone on her necklace. She's bigger than the three tenors, the text slyly notes.

Alice Cary reviews books from her home in Groton, Massachusetts.

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