Let’s face it, pop-up books are pretty magical. As the reader turns the pages, it is easy to wonder, “how did they do that?” Jean-Charles Trebbi explores the history and art of the movable book in The Art of Pop-Up. The pop-up is an old art that has evolved throughout the ages. Trebbi includes five sections in his book: techniques, themes, paper engineers, beyond pop-up, and models. Trebbi clearly has done his research and is a lover of the paper art form. Children’s movable books began in the 1820’s, but the author notes a book from 1677 that used cut up strips of paper was an earlier version of the movable book. The Art of Pop-Up is littered with photographs, drawings and even a few fold-out pages. The techniques section shares the pioneers of the pop-up including the father of the pop-up Lothar Meggendorfer. The paper engineers truly were artists, illustrators and innovators of three-dimensional paper.
“The main feature of movable books is their interactivity, with the reader’s handling of the book generally not being limited to turning its pages.”
This reviewer loved all the examples that were included in the book. The text is dense but The Art of Pop-Up inspires one to pour over the pages to learn about the sheer creativity and breathtaking art that pop-up books really are. Models and templates are included at the end of the book, in case the reader wants to take it a step further and try their hand at this wonderful art form.
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