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Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book

by Ruth Wickings, Frances Castle
     
 
Want to make a pop-up book? Here’s everything you need to assemble four amazing 3-D creations—plus a behind-the-scenes guide to key techniques.

Do you delight in seeing an ingenious pop-up "pop" but feel utterly daunted at the thought of making one yourself? Get your hands on this all-in-one guide and kit, combining the simplest of

Overview

Want to make a pop-up book? Here’s everything you need to assemble four amazing 3-D creations—plus a behind-the-scenes guide to key techniques.

Do you delight in seeing an ingenious pop-up "pop" but feel utterly daunted at the thought of making one yourself? Get your hands on this all-in-one guide and kit, combining the simplest of instructions and the coolest of components for creating a pop-up dragon, castle, jungle scenario, and Frankenstein scene. There’s no need for scissors or glue, thanks to press-out, pre-scored, peel-off sticky-back pieces. And for those inspired to learn more, there’s also a guide to basic folds and techniques—plus a sample pop-up robot showing how those techniques may be used. The kit’s eye-popping features include a roaring dragon, a medieval castle, Frankenstein’s laboratory, and a jungle scene full of animals for you to assemble.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Here's a pop-up book to rival Kramer's coffee-table book about coffee-table books. First outlining the basic building blocks of pop-up engineering (types of folds, mechanics like noisemakers and spirals), the book then uses the example of a pop-up robot to demonstrate how such components work together. The remaining sections offer four illustrated scenes, into which punch-out pop-up elements can be incorporated. Detailed directions show how to attach a dragon's pop-up head onto its body; erect a medieval castle; insert Frankenstein's monster into the lab; and create a pop-up jungle. Completing the pop-ups will be tricky for younger readers (the difficulty level increases with each project) but the end result should be as gratifying as it is illuminating. Ages 7–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The two basic forms of pop-ups: the triangle, which uses angle folds; and the box, which uses parallel folds, are clearly explained and diagrammed on the first double page. From the next double page arises a complex robot, using the many combinations of the basic forms, all clearly described. But this is not a book for library circulation. For following this come all the materials necessary for the reader to construct four pop-ups of increasingly complex construction: a dragon, a castle, a Frankenstein monster, and a jungle scene. The pieces pop out, pre-folded and ready to assemble. Alongside are detailed, step-by-step instructions. Once the pieces are liberated and assembled in this kit in book form, the skeleton instructional pages are all that remain of the rest. Considerable attention is needed to follow the small sequential drawings once the fully developed, imaginatively naturalistic, intensely colored painted parts are punched out and stuck together. Successful completion of the four sculptures should produce appreciation for the complexities of this sculptural medium. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Wickings presents an entire crafts workshop between two covers. The 3-D album opens with small diagrams of some common pop-up crease patterns and noise-making tricks, featuring a pop-up robot on the next spread as a sample, and goes on to include blank, slotted layouts for four pop-up scenes flanked by foldout sheets of perforated, pre-glued card stock parts to punch out, fold, and attach. Though this is no substitute for Joan Irvine's many books or David A. Carter and James Diaz's magisterial Elements of Pop-Up (Little Simon, 1999), it would make a welcome gift item for budding paper engineers.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A pop-up book on how to make pop-ups. An introduction to techniques—angle folds, parallel folds and "extra mechanics"—yields to a diagrammatically deconstructed pop-up robot with the different types of folds and mechanics illustrated on either side of it. The subsequent spreads provide budding paper engineers with pop-out pieces of a dragon, a castle, Frankenstein's lab and a jungle, each piece carefully labeled for application to the corresponding illustration. Foldout pages contain both instructions for assembly and "mini master classes" on more advanced techniques. Some of the sequencing on these pages is a little murky, but patient children will likely find success. It's a bit of a shame, though, that there's not more free rein given to readers' imaginations, but one hopes the exercise will give them confidence to create their own pop-ups. (Pop-up nonfiction. 8-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763650568
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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