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Books as art: the wonder of the pop-up

Books as art: the wonder of the pop-up

Books as art: the wonder of the pop-up

What better Christmas gift than a book? Well, perhaps one that is also an object of beauty, an intricate and marvellously clever work of art...

For children’s gifts, I am always drawn to pop-up books. I remember so well as a child how they enchanted me – my pop-up book of The Nutcracker was simply magical. It was not merely a book; it was a little world I could explore. When I tried, with my scissors and card, to recreate it, I soon realised that this would be impossible. The pop-up creator is an artist, and the pop-up book is the perfect combination of art and literature.

The pop-up book is a type of ‘moveable book’, along with other kinds of paper engineering such as tunnel books. The first children’s pop-up books were developed in the 1920s and ’30s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that they became mass produced. Today, it is amazing what publishers are able to create based on the vision of a pop-up artist.

Here are some of the beautiful books I have come across. They really do make memorable gifts which are treasured for a long time.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica by Robert Sabuda (Author), Matthew Reinhart

Walker Books Ltd, 2005

Paddington Pop-Up London

HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017

The Nutcracker by Niroot Puttapipat

Walker Books, 2016

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Robert Sabuda

Simon & Schuster, 2001

Cinderella by Matthew Reinhart

Simon & Schuster, 2005

Harry Potter: A Pop-up Book by Bruce Foster and Andrew Williamson

Insight Editions, 2010

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