Just in time for the school holidays, Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop has assembled an accessible and extraordinary collection of children’s books for its latest exhibition Just For Kids??
The exhibition includes the most tantalising range of collectible Harry Potter books ever displayed in Adelaide.
“We’re always looking to do things a little differently,” says Pop-Up Bookshop owner Nicholas Patrick “and this exhibition could very well be the most exciting project we’ve undertaken yet.”
Mr Patrick claims that he and partner Kate Treloar want to reveal just how exciting the mysterious world of books can be by showcasing items that today’s children can relate to whilst also stirring the sense of nostalgia felt by the young-at-heart.
“Kate & I grew up with titles like Possum Magic and The BFG,” notes Mr Patrick. “They’re also the books our kids have grown up with; and they will continue to entertain and guide children for generations to come. They’ve been printed in their millions but the truly special editions don’t pop-up very often (even for people like us who scrutinise tens of thousands of books every week) and, when one does, it’s always genuinely thrilling.”
Just For Kids?? isn’t just an 80s flashback zone though with collectible editions of The Adventures of Tintin available for those with longer memories and, to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of The Philosopher’s Stone, an unprecedented array of Harry Potter books.
“The highlights within this collection are the hardcover copies of The Chamber Of Secrets and The Prisoner Of Azkaban that have been personally signed by J.K. Rowling,” states Mr Patrick. “Additionally, we have some early editions of The Philosopher’s Stone; some unusual deluxe editions; and genuine first editions of later Harry Potter titles.”
In line with their moniker, there will also be a large range of pop-up books including some incredibly rare regimental items from the early 1900s plus books by Roald Dahl, Graeme Base and a whole lot more.
‘We always stress that a book is more than just words on a page,” Mr Patrick states. “And with a mix of first editions, signed copies, pop-ups and special publications, we hope people will learn a bit about the value of real books and perhaps look at their own collections a little differently.”
Just For Kids?? runs through October in The Gallery Next Door, adjacent to the Pop-Up Bookshop on the Central Market’s Eastern Laneway.