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A Look at the World of Pop-up Books
By Julie DiNisio
No ordinary children's books, pop-up books have that extra special quality that brings a story to three-dimensional life. It has been asserted that the first pop-up books date back to the fourteenth-century when scientific authors began using movable parts to illustrate their theories. Finally, in the 1800s, they were geared towards a much younger audience (not that adults can't enjoy them, though!). In the 1930s, Harold Lentz began publishing his Blue Ribbon books and coined the term “pop-up.” He colorfully portrays fairy tales in books like The “Pop-Up” Cinderella and Other Tales and The “Pop-Up” Pinocchio. Not surprisingly, pop-up books are still very popular. Below are listed some recent and notable publications.
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-Up by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda
This beautiful book explores ancient Egyptian, Grecian, and Norse gods through beautiful illustrations and movable parts.
Popville by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud
Already a best-seller, this selection is pop art in the pop-up world. Children and adults alike can enjoy watching the expansion of a paper city.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Robert Sabuda
Lewis Carroll's quirky world down the rabbit hole is prime real estate for pop-up publication.
600 Black Spots by David A. Carter
Go on a scavenger hunt for the black spots in this artistic pop-up.
ABC3D by Marion Bataille
Bataille's work adds unprecedented elegance to something so simple as learning the ABCs.
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