In the last few years, we’ve discovered that adults still like to color, so now we have adult coloring books. Now, grown-ups can enjoy another traditional children’s book form: pop up books. Here are just a few of them for you to consider.
1. Moby Dick: A Pop-up Book by Sam Ita
For more visual readers, you can now find some of the greatest classics in pop-up format. Readers don’t have to work hard to envision the enormous whale. Sam Ita has published other classics as pop-ups, such as: Frankenstein, The Odyssey, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
2. America’s National Parks: A Pop-Up Book by Don Compton and illustrated by Dave Ember & Bruce Foster
When you can’t experience America’s 18 most visited National Parks in person, you can still see them in 3-D in this pop-up book. And who knows? You and your family might be inspired to visit a National Park after seeing the page about Old Faithful, which erupts 13 inches above the page.
3. Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table by Ray Marshall
Who needs real flowers in a vase? This table pop-up book displays various beautiful bouquets, and you don’t have to worry about changing their water or decaying flowers.
4. The Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe (Literary Pop Up) illustrated by
Here is another classic in pop-up form as four of Poe’s tales are brought to life with macabre illustrations. As if Poe’s stories weren’t creepy enough, this pop-up book makes them even more eerie. If you hear a heart pounding, it isn’t coming from the floorboards, it’s my Tell-Tale Heart saying this book is oddly fun.
5. Playing with Pop-ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs by Helen Hiebert
Be a kid again and literally play with this book. You can also learn how to create your own interactive pieces of paper artwork. This would make a great gift for a crafty loved one in your life.
6. Architectural Wonders: A Pop-Up Gallery of the World’s Most Amazing Marvels by Kathleen Murphy Colan
To fully appreciate architecture, you have to see it in person. Enjoying it in 3-D design is probably the next best thing. In this book, some of the greatest man-made structures are celebrated, including Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, India’s Taj Mahal, and Sidney’s Opera House.
7. The Pop-Up Book of Phobias by Gary Greenberg
Although, initially, it makes little sense to read or have a pop-up book about phobias, I can see some value in it. For those who don’t have a serious phobia, relating and understanding a loved one who does can be difficult. This book is illustrated from the perspective of the reader, meaning that the page about arachnophobia shows a giant spider on you in bed. And it’s in 3-D! Relating to them won’t be nearly as hard.
8. Dalí Pop-Ups by
As one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Salvador Dalí and his work are iconic. His surreal genius is brought to life in this pop-up book, which adds new layers of appreciation for his work.
What pop-up books do you like? Would you consider buying or reading pop-up books for grown-ups?
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