Pop-Up Books

6 years +, Pop-Up Books, Tate

Madame Sonia Delaunay

Paper Engineered by Gerard Lo Monaco 

Published by Tate Publishing

A couple of months ago, I spent an inspiring afternoon in London admiring the fabulous 20th century work of the late great Sonia Delaunay. A critical figure in modern art, and sadly under-recognised for her talent, Delaunay explored new colour theories to create the colourful, abstract and energetic paintings, textiles and clothes. 

Gerard Lo Monaco has created 'Madame Sonia Delaunay' - this sophisticated pop up book to coincide with the 2015 exhibition of Sonia Delaunay's work. The pop up illustrations are based on Sonia Delaunay's original work and have been reconfigured with additional illustration and text to create this playful new publication. For reference, the original artworks are reproduced at the rear of the book. 

Gerard Lo Monaco is an Argentinian illustrator, art director and paper engineer based in Paris. The book is really clever and his reconfigured illustrations convey the gusto and colour intensity of the original works. A physically small book with thick matte pages, it is so exquisite that it feels like an artwork in itself. 

This book is a lovely introduction for children in to the world of art and critical thought. Each image is accompanied by a rhyming verse that is both insightful and funny. Using poetry and pop-up illustrations, children are encouraged to critique the artwork and use their imaginations to interpret the illustrations.

Join me for a treasure hunt
in Africa’s wild continent.
Searching for the crocodile -
can you see his eyes and smile?
And those other wriggling shapes,
do you think they might be snakes?

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay continues at the Tate Modern until 9 August 2015. 

0 - 2 years, Pop-Up Books, Walker Books

I'm Shy

Words and sculptures by David A. Carter

Published by Walker Books

This charming pop-up book is read on repeat in our household. Like no other, my little one is completely entranced. "Who is in the hole?"

The bashful octopus needs a little bit of encouragement, but with each turn of the page he slowly reveals a little more of himself. And just as he introduces himself as "shy" he slowly disappears back in to the hole. 

The paper sculptures have been meticulously designed by the talented David A. Carter so that the octopus literally moves in an out of his hole as he slowly reveals himself. The sweet little octopus exudes so much character that he really does appear to be alive.

This book is very sweet and perfect for the littlest of readers. While it will be necessary to restrain little fingers to avoid losing any tentacles, the movement of eyes and tentacles as they dart across the page or pop out of the book are fascinating for babies and toddlers. 

Pop-Up Books, 6 years +


Paper Engineered by Marion Bataille 

This is a book that needs to be held. It is awesome to experience the creation of each new letter as you turn each page and a new letter pops, slides, spins and appears. The design of this book is seriously clever.  Bataille has detailed an elaborate series of folds, cuts and glued edges to create each unique letter. The finished artwork is simple, elegant and bold with a striking colour palette of red, white and black.

The book documents all 26 letters in the alphabet and each letter moves and changes before your eyes. The letter 'A' pops out of the page, 'B' slides out from within the page, 'C' & 'D' flip out to reveal their true identity, 'S' spins within the page and the letter 'V' is reflected to reveal the letter 'W'. You get the idea, each letter is creatively unique. I think the adults in your home may enjoy this book more than the kids! 

Reviewed by Georgia White

Pop-Up Books, 6 years +, The Five Mile Press

How Many?

Words & Sculptures by Ron Van Der Meer

Paper engineering at its finest. This book is colourful and seriously epic! An architectural masterpiece in it's own right. 

I love presents. And presents for no reason are the best kind! My gorgeous friend AB surprised my little one with this stunner over the weekend. And while she is a little too young to appreciate it's beauty and would prefer to eat it, I am very impressed!

Consisting of five spreads, the book invites readers to look for different shapes and colours within the epic paper sculptures that literally pop out of the pages.  The five sculptures include triangles, circles, squares, stars and lines. Interestingly, there is no front and back. All sculptures have been designed to look at them from all directions. 

Van Der Meer sets the reader a number of challenges on each page that include 'Which colour has the most triangles?', 'How many squares are transparent?', 'If you tilt the book do the squares change shape?', 'How many squares overlap?' The questions are thought provoking and math focused. Surely this is the perfect combination of fun and educational?

There is nothing to stop readers making up their own questions and rules - do shadows count as additional shapes? This book will keep the young and old equally amused for many hours. 

Reviewed by Georgia White

Pop-Up Books, Vintage Books, 6 years +, Methuen Children's Books

The House at Pooh Corner, A Pop-up Book

Words by A.A. Milne

Illustration by E. H. Shepard

This vintage pop up book is looking a little worse for wear but is still very much loved in our home. Given to my husband by his mum when he was little, this book has been read, popped and pulled far too many times. Most of the tabs have been ripped or do not work, but the illustrations remain as beautiful as ever. This book includes six short adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin, Roo, Eeyore & Owl each with their own unique pop-up illustrations. 

Published by Methuen Children's Books 1986

Reviewed by Georgia White