In this stunningly produced and ingeniously crafted pop-up book, the story of Zahhak the Serpent King springs to life. The tale begins as the greedy Prince Zahhak is swayed by the devil to murder his father and usurp the throne. For his wicked deed, the villainous King is cursed with monstrous snakes that grow from his shoulders and feed upon the brains of young men. Thus commences his brutal rule over the seven realms of Persia. But one night, the King has an ominous dream that strikes fear into his heart. His soothsayer soon foretells that a young Persian man will rise up against the King and end his reign with a mighty blow from a golden mace. Who is this mysterious young man, and is he powerful enough to conquer the evil Zahhak and his ravenous snakes to bring peace to Persia? With a turn of the page, enter the mythical world of Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King.
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“This is one of the best pop-up books I've seen in a long time.” — Robert Sabuda
"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." — Le Monde
"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." — La Croix
"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." — Le Monde Sera Beau
"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!" — Previews World
"It’s like a tiny, portable theatrical performance, with animated folds of paper that surround and crown kings or move celestial bodies." — The Iranian