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12 Fantastical Pop-Up Books

Allison Tyler thinks a good book and a cup of tea help cure what ails you. If you're looking for her, she's probably painting in the woods.

When paper engineers turn their talents to books, the end result is the wonderfully tactile experience of pop-ups. You may think of pop-ups as solely the realm of children, but the books on this list are equally entertaining for adults, too!

Each page will pull you into the sophisticated, multi-sensory world of intricately crafted paper scenes from classic literature to abstract art, cultural icons to poetry, wondrous creatures to mind-bending alphabets, and 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!


Elements of Pop Up
by James Diaz and David A. Carter

Every aspect of the creation of a pop-up, known as paper engineering, is clearly and thoroughly covered in this book. All types of parallel folds, angle folds, wheels, and pull tabs are accurately detailed verbally and visually. This is a crucial book for that aspiring pop-up creator in your life.

Elements of Pop Up
James Diaz and David A. Carter

Every aspect of the creation of a pop-up, known as paper engineering, is clearly and thoroughly covered in this book. All types of parallel folds, angle folds, wheels, and pull tabs are accurately detailed verbally and visually. This is a crucial book for that aspiring pop-up creator in your life.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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Trail: Paper Poetry Pop-Up
by David Pelham

In Trail, readers follow the silvery trail through an enchanting maze of stunning pop-up landscapes that range from tranquil to mysterious to magical. This sparkling creation by designer David Pelham will amaze and delight all who take the journey.

Trail: Paper Poetry Pop-Up
David Pelham

In Trail, readers follow the silvery trail through an enchanting maze of stunning pop-up landscapes that range from tranquil to mysterious to magical. This sparkling creation by designer David Pelham will amaze and delight all who take the journey.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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M.C. Escher Pop-Ups
by Courtney Watson McCarthy

The mesmerizing work of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher has fascinated viewers for more than seventy years. His illustrations constantly play with our perceptions of reality by layering multiple conflicting perspectives. This book presents some of the artist’s most intriguing works in original three-dimensional pop-ups.

M.C. Escher Pop-Ups
Courtney Watson McCarthy

The mesmerizing work of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher has fascinated viewers for more than seventy years. His illustrations constantly play with our perceptions of reality by layering multiple conflicting perspectives. This book presents some of the artist’s most intriguing works in original three-dimensional pop-ups.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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ABC3D
by Marion Bataille

From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U...Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.

ABC3D
Marion Bataille

From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U...Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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The Enchanted Dolls' House
by Robyn Johnson

The Enchanted Dolls' House is an exquisite, multidimensional presentation, featuring pop-up period dollhouses, secret letters, hidden pictures and more. Meet Albert and Lucinda, Kristen, Oscar, and Hattie, enchanted dolls who inhabit a magical series of homes, from a Tudor mansion to a twentieth century villa. There are adventures and secrets to discover, dances to attend, and parties to give in each era.

The Enchanted Dolls' House
Robyn Johnson

The Enchanted Dolls' House is an exquisite, multidimensional presentation, featuring pop-up period dollhouses, secret letters, hidden pictures and more. Meet Albert and Lucinda, Kristen, Oscar, and Hattie, enchanted dolls who inhabit a magical series of homes, from a Tudor mansion to a twentieth century villa. There are adventures and secrets to discover, dances to attend, and parties to give in each era.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Robert Sabuda

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is legendary pop-up artist Robert Sabuda's most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel's classic style. This pop-up version of Carroll's original story has special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Robert Sabuda

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is legendary pop-up artist Robert Sabuda's most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel's classic style. This pop-up version of Carroll's original story has special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up
by Matthew Reinhart

In this stunning encyclodedia, the incomparable team of Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda take readers to Ra-Atum’s land in Ancient Egypt; above the Grecian clouds to Zeus’s Mount Olympus; up to Norse god Odin’s frozen north; to the Far East, where the Jade Emperor sits in the heavens; and into the wilds of Oceania, where Pele’s volcanic rage simmers below the earth.

Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up
Matthew Reinhart

In this stunning encyclodedia, the incomparable team of Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda take readers to Ra-Atum’s land in Ancient Egypt; above the Grecian clouds to Zeus’s Mount Olympus; up to Norse god Odin’s frozen north; to the Far East, where the Jade Emperor sits in the heavens; and into the wilds of Oceania, where Pele’s volcanic rage simmers below the earth.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up
by Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda has created a resplendent pop-up version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original publication. With sparkling touches of colored foil and Emerald City eyeglasses, this classic tale is certain to find an honored place on the family bookshelf.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up
Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda has created a resplendent pop-up version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original publication. With sparkling touches of colored foil and Emerald City eyeglasses, this classic tale is certain to find an honored place on the family bookshelf.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book
by Robert Sabuda

Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has interpreted the classic American anthem "America the Beautiful" in a dazzling pop-up book. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty, America has never looked more spectacular. This stunning book is a national treasure in and of itself.

America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book
Robert Sabuda

Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has interpreted the classic American anthem "America the Beautiful" in a dazzling pop-up book. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty, America has never looked more spectacular. This stunning book is a national treasure in and of itself.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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600 Black Spots
by David A. Carter

Following the amazing success of One Red Dot and Blue 2, pop-up creator David Carter has done it again! 600 Black Spots is his most clever scavenger hunt pop-up yet. Readers can spend countless hours of fun searching for the black spots throughout the pages--but be careful! Tricks and surprises abound in this endlessly entertaining, keep-you-on-the-spot book.

600 Black Spots
David A. Carter

Following the amazing success of One Red Dot and Blue 2, pop-up creator David Carter has done it again! 600 Black Spots is his most clever scavenger hunt pop-up yet. Readers can spend countless hours of fun searching for the black spots throughout the pages--but be careful! Tricks and surprises abound in this endlessly entertaining, keep-you-on-the-spot book.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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Pop-Up Op-Art: Vasarely
by Philippe UG

Widely accepted as the "father" of op-art, Victor Vasarely worked his whole life to create mesmerizing works that were visually both complex and accessible. In Pop-Up Op-Art, paper artist Philippe UG has transformed seven of Vasarely's most beautiful works into paper sculptures. This book brings Vasarely's to life in delicate and vibrant three-dimensional structures that trick the eye and excite the imagination.

Pop-Up Op-Art: Vasarely
Philippe UG

Widely accepted as the "father" of op-art, Victor Vasarely worked his whole life to create mesmerizing works that were visually both complex and accessible. In Pop-Up Op-Art, paper artist Philippe UG has transformed seven of Vasarely's most beautiful works into paper sculptures. This book brings Vasarely's to life in delicate and vibrant three-dimensional structures that trick the eye and excite the imagination.

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By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology
by Lucio Santoro and Meera Santoro

Journey into the mysterious world under the sea in Wild Oceans, as 3-D pop-ups swing off the page, bringing to life whales, dolphins, and angler fish. Filled with stunning art and interesting facts about various oceanic zones—such as coral reefs, the frozen sea, the deep sea, and much more—this book takes readers on an interactive and imaginative journey deep beneath the surface of the blue sea.

Wild Oceans: A Pop-up Book with Revolutionary Technology
Lucio Santoro and Meera Santoro

Journey into the mysterious world under the sea in Wild Oceans, as 3-D pop-ups swing off the page, bringing to life whales, dolphins, and angler fish. Filled with stunning art and interesting facts about various oceanic zones—such as coral reefs, the frozen sea, the deep sea, and much more—this book takes readers on an interactive and imaginative journey deep beneath the surface of the blue sea.

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12 Fantastical Pop-Up Books

By Allison Tyler | January 22, 2015

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