When paper engineers use their skills to make books, they come up with the wonderful pop-ups that are so fun to touch. You might think that pop-up books are only for kids, but the books on this list are just as fun for adults as well!
Intricately crafted paper scenes from classic literature to abstract art, cultural icons to poetry, wondrous creatures and mind-bending alphabets will take you on a journey through the sophisticated, multisensory world of intricately crafted paper scenes. There is even a book that teaches you how to do it yourself. So, sit down, open a pop-up, and let your eyes and mind soar away as you do.
Elements of Pop Up by James Diaz and David A. Carter
This book is very good at explaining how to make a pop-up, which is called paper engineering. Verbally and visually, this book explains all types of folds, wheels and pull tabs, as well as how they work and how to use them. This is an important book for the person who wants to make pop-ups.
Trail: Paper Poetry Pop-Up by David Pelham
A trail leads readers through an amazing maze of pop-up landscapes that range from peaceful to mysterious and magical. The trail is made of silvery threads. If you go on a trip, you’ll be amazed by this sparkling piece of art made by designer David Pelham!
M.C. Escher Pop-Ups by Courtney Watson McCarthy
- C. Escher’s hypnotic work has drawn people in for more than 70 years. They have been amazed by it. His drawings play with our perceptions of reality by putting together a lot of different viewpoints. This book shows some of the artist’s most interesting works in unique 3-D pop-ups.
ABC3D by Marion Bataille
As a pop-up book and a piece of art, ABC3D is just as unique as it is fun. They move and change in front of your eyes. C quickly turns into D. In this picture, M is paying attention to what is going on around him. X turns into Y with a flick of the wrist. Then there’s you… With a striking black, red, and white color scheme, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will love for years to come.
The Enchanted Dolls’ House by Robyn Johnson
The Enchanted Dolls’ House is a beautiful, multidimensional show that includes pop-up dollhouses from different eras, secret letters, hidden pictures, and more. Albert and Lucinda, Kristen, Oscar, and Hattie are enchanted dolls who live in a series of magical homes, from a Tudor mansion to a villa from the 20th century, all of which are filled with magic. You can find adventures and secrets, dances, and parties in every era, and there are always new things to do and see.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Robert Sabuda
One of Robert Sabuda’s best works is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which features stunning pop-ups drawn in John Tenniel’s classic style. This pop-up version of Lewis Carroll’s original story has special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and other things that you can touch.
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up by Matthew Reinhart
Readers will be taken on an incredible journey through the worlds of Ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as to the frozen north of Norway, the Far East, and Pele’s volcano rage in Oceania. In this stunning encyclopedia, Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, two of the world’s best illustrators, show how the world’s most powerful gods are depicted in their own unique way.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up by Robert Sabuda
Robert Sabuda has made a beautiful pop-up version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to celebrate the book’s 100th anniversary. To make this book even more special, it comes with colorful foil and glasses from the Emerald City. It’s sure to be a family favorite.
America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book by Robert Sabuda
Robert Sabuda, a master paper engineer, has turned “America the Beautiful” into a stunning pop-up book. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty, the United States has never looked more beautiful than it does now. In and of itself, this beautiful book is a treasure for the whole country.
600 Black Spots by David A. Carter
David Carter, the pop-up artist who made One Red Dot and Blue 2, has done it again! It’s his most clever scavenger hunt pop-up yet. 600 Black Spots is the most clever one yet. Readers can have a lot of fun looking for the black spots on the pages. But be careful! Tricks and surprises abound in this book that is always fun and keeps you on your toes.
Pop-Up Op-Art: Vasarely by Philippe UG
Victor Vasarely is often called the “father” of op art because he spent his whole life trying to make art that was both visually complex and easy to understand. Philippe UG, a paper artist, has turned seven of Vasarely’s most beautiful works into paper sculptures in Pop-Up Op-Art. This book brings Vasarely’s work to life in delicate and vibrant three-dimensional structures that fool the eye and pique the sense of wonder.
Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology by Lucio Santoro and Meera Santoro
When you read Wild Oceans, 3-D pop-ups swing off the page and bring the animals that live under the sea to life. Whales, dolphins, and angler fish come to life as well. In this book, you’ll find beautiful art and interesting facts about a variety of oceanic zones, like coral reefs, the frozen sea, the deep sea, and more. You’ll also get to go on an interactive and imaginative journey deep beneath the surface of the blue sea.
A Nightmare Before Christmas pop-up you can display from October through December and embrace your inner-Pumpkin King.
This is a very good review: “Arrived on time and in good condition! Because it’s worth every penny, This is how it should be: Everything about the story is just right. Because each page spread has an interactive pull tab to open the big pop-up, there are also smaller pop-ups hidden in each written story part. This makes the book even more fun! It took a lot of time and thought to make this product. Really, it’s like having the movie in your hand.” In this case, Margaret J. Moreau is talking.