After seeing the success of UppaBaby Vista stroller that has a reversible seat and a matching bassinet, Peg Perego decided to release the Book Pop-up model. This is a luxury stroller that has reversible seat and comes with a matching bassinet. It’s designed for everyday life like running errands, going the to mall and to the park. The wheels are NOT all-terrain, but will handle some so called ‘mommy terrain’ like grass, mulch or uneven pavement. The polyurethane airless tires with ball bearings and all-wheel suspension create a smooth ride and make the wheels turn on a dime. This is a truly one-hand stroller with great venerability.
The fold stayed the same as in Book and Book Plus models. I will do comparison between the models later, but they have a lot of the same features. The Book Pop-Up is a little more luxurious than other models. It has a leather handle bar and a leather bumper bar. The basket is huge and very accessible even with the seat fully reclined. The canopy is humongous! It goes down all the way to the leg rest shielding your child completely. It also features adjustable handle bar, adjustable leg rest, automatic lock, standing fold, and 5 point harness. The stroller weighs 23.7 lbs which is a great weight for a reversible seat model.
You can convert Book Pop-up into a pram by replacing the seat with an included bassinet or convert it into a travel system by replacing it with an infant car seat. There is no additional adapters needed if you are using Peg Perego Viaggio Infant Car Seat. The included bassinet is very cool. It has a large canopy with a dark mesh panel, adjustable head rest inside with three positions, curved outside bottom for back and forth rocking and a removable cover. It can be used as free standing bassinet at home and even has a compact fold.
I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because it’s really hard to find anything negative to say about it. If I could change anything I would add ‘follow-the-sun’ option to the canopy and make the wheels more all-terrain. Other than that, it’s perfect! This would be a great choice for parents who want to buy only one stroller. This buggy is not cheap retailing for around $799 Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a matching bassinet and a bumper bar. There is no cup holder. You can also get the whole travel system set that includes stroller with a main seat, matching bassinet, matching infant car seat, and diaper bag for around $1,080 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
-Huge canopy. This is one of the best canopies I’ve seen on the market. At first glance it looks like a small canopy, but it has a zipper in the back that hides two more panels. Unzipping it will give you a huge canopy that goes all the way to the leg rest creating a cocoon for your baby. This will completely shade your child from sun or wind. Now, once you recline the seat, the canopy goes up and doesn’t provide as much shade. Unfortunately, it’s is permanently attached to the back of the seat and does not have a ‘follow-the-sun’ option. There is no peekaboo window, but it has a large dark mesh window that is hidden in the middle. That mesh will provide better air circulation and also work as a viewing window. There is a little hook underneath the canopy that you can use to hang your baby toys on.
-Adjustable handle bar. It has an adjustable handle bar that goes from 34″ and up to 42″ from the ground. It’s covered with leather and has center plastic grip for one-hand navigation.
-Reversible seat.It is 12″ wide with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 22″ from the back of the seat to the top of the canopy. This is not very tall canopy comparing to other strollers. If you have a very tall child you might want to look at other strollers. You will love the one-hand lever recline that goes to an almost flat position suitable for a new born. I hate strap systems and wish every stroller had lever recline. The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. The seat is one of the most upright seats I’ve seen in the upright position. I get many email from parents who are looking for a very upright seat. This one is great! The seat is reversible. Your child could be facing you or the world. All you need to do is squeeze two levers on both sides, swing it around and snap it back in. The seat has the same deep recline in the parent-facing mode. You can also fold the stroller facing you. What I really like about his seat is that it’s not ‘V’ shaped and the back of the seat reclines. You can create a bed-like environment for your child by reclining seat back all the way back and lifting the leg rest up. The padding on the seat is very nice and soft. Your child will feel comfy.
-Adjustable leg rest. I didn’t expect anything less for a luxury stroller like that. It has two positions: up and down. The up position will provide your little baby with more leg room. Even as 2-year-old, my daughter likes to have her legs up sometimes, especially if she has her zip-lock bag full of gold fishes. She likes to get them all out of the bag onto her knees and the leg rest. What a mess! Anything to keep her occupied and quite for 5 min while I am shopping.
-5 point harness. There is an adjustable padded 5 point harness with a hard to unlock buckle.
-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! The bumper bar is swing away and removable. I absolutely love that they covered it with leather-like material instead of foam. It’s a nice luxury detail. So if your child decides to take a bite at the bumper bar, she will not get a mouth full of foam. My daughter Sophia has to take a bite of a bumper bar in every stroller I put her in. If it’s a foam one it gets ruined pretty quickly.
-Huge basket! The basket is really great. Not only it is super big, but also very easy to access. You can bring down the back side of the basket and it will stay that way while you get things in and out. You can easily access your stuff even with a fully reclined seat. The sides of the basket are made from mesh making it easy to get into it from both sides. No problem! You will be able to fit a large diaper bag and than some.
-Wheels. It rolls on four polyurethane wheels with 10.5″ wheels in the back and 7″ in the front. The polyurethane airless and are made out of material that is superior to rubber in resistance to grease, oil, cutting, chunking, and abrasive wear. You will never have to worry about getting a flat tire. All four wheels have ball bearings making it much easier to push and navigate. The front wheels are 360 degrees swivel wheels, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. What I really like is the remote dial lock that is located on the side of the stroller. You don’t need to bend down and touch the dirty wheels to lock them. Nice!
-Parking brake. It has two pedals near each rear wheel. All you need to do is step on either one and it will lock both rear wheels in place. To unlock it, lift the pedal up. It’s NOT flip-flop-friendly.
-Easy fold. They say you can fold it with just one hand, but I found it was much easier to do it with both. First, lock the brakes, lock the front wheels, put the handle bar in the up position so it’s straight. Next, bring the seat forward and pull on the handle in the back. There is an automatic fold and it also has a standing fold. The seat can be facing either way. It’s a compact fold for a stroller with a reversible seat which are known for being very bulky. The Book Pop-up model is not as bulky. The folded dimensions are 15.25″H x 33″L x 23.16″W.
-Matching Bassinet. INCLUDED! The bassinet has so many cool features that I feel like I should do a separate review on it.
It comes with a removable cover so your child will be well protected from cold. Because it has a hard-sided bassinet, you can also use it as a free standing bassinet at home.
And I really like the fact that the outside bottom of the bassinet is not completely flat, but has a slight curve so you can place it on the floor and rock it back and forth. Another great feature of this bassinet is that although it is flat inside, the headrest portion can be adjusted to a slightly elevated position. Can you believe it? It has tree different positions.
The large canopy unzips in the back exposing a large mesh window that will provide your child with better air circulation on a hot summer day. It also has a pop-out sunvisor to shade your child completely.
The unique features of this bassinet is the ability to fold down to more compact storage. The unfolded dimensions are 32.5″ L x 16.42″ H x 26.3″ W. It weighs 9.04 lbs.
There is really nothing negative to say about this stroller. If I could change something, I would change wheels to all-terrain.
I found this great video review Book Pop-UP by BabyGizmo.
Here is a video overview from Peg Perego.
Stroller weight: 23.7 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 15.25″H x 33″L x 23.16″W
Handle bar height: 34″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Front wheels: 7″
Rear wheels: 10.5″
Overall length: 36.5″
Overall width: 23.16″
Peg Perego made this cool catalog of Book Pop-Up model. Although it’s an Italian company, they’ve also made a catalog for US readers. Take a look.
Peg Perego has 1 year warranty on the frame of the stroller and 90 days on fabric from the day of purchase. Here is more information on the warranty.
The Book Pop-UP is available in six colors: Aquamarine, Atmosphere, Cream, Onyx, Tulip, Indigo, and Fleur (Pink). There is also a special addition print.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get Book Pop-Up in one of the six beautiful colors for around $799 Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax). It comes with a matching bassinet and a bumper bar. You can also get the whole travel system set that includes stroller with a main seat, matching bassinet, matching infant car seat, and diaper bag for around $1,080 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax).
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