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12 FEBRUARY, 2014

The Little Prince as a Pop-Up Book

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“One should never listen to the flowers…”

“The Little Prince will shine upon children with a sidewise gleam,” a 1943 review of the beloved classic proclaimed. “It will strike them in some place that is not the mind and glow there until the time comes for them to comprehend it.” And so it did, shining its sidewise gleam on generations of children and ageless spirits alike.

Given my soul-anchored affection for Saint-Exupéry’s gem — especially after glimpsing its remarkable creative journey — and my soft spot for pop-up books, imagine my delight at discovering The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book (public library), which reimagines Saint-Exupéry’s already beautiful and enchanting story in magical paper engineering.

The Little Prince Deluxe Pop-Up Book is an absolute treat. Complement it with Alice in Wonderland as a pop-up book.

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23 JANUARY, 2014

The Life-Cycle of a Single Water Drop, in a Pop-Up Book Animated in Stop-Motion

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Nature’s rhythms in masterful paper engineering.

Given my soft spot for pop-up books, I was instantly taken with this collaboration between paper engineer extraordinaire Helen Friel (who brought us those amazing 3D paper sculptures of Euclid’s elements), photographer Chris Turner, and animator Jess Deacon, visualizing the life-cycle of a single drop of water as a pop-up book animated in stop-motion, nearly a year in the making:

To fully appreciate the incredible craftsmanship that went into the project, here is a timelapse of the making-of:

Complement with a different kind of 3D papercraft labor-of-love, celebrating favorite books.

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12 JULY, 2012

The Naughty Nineties: A Victorian Pop-Up Book for Adults Only

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A pull-tab time machine of risqué rites.

Being a lover of unusual pop-up books and naughty Victoriana, imagine my delight at the discovery of The Naughty Nineties: A Saucy Pop-Up Book for Adults Only (public library) — a marvelous 1982 gem that transports you a century back, to the friskiest frontiers of Victorian society in the 1890s, illustrated in a black-and-white ink style reminiscent of Edward Gorey’s and outfitted with various pull-tabs and paper mechanics for your playful pleasure.

And, hey, look — I made some animated GIFs of it. (Though they are no substitute for the analog-interactive real deal.)

For a different treat in the same vein of Victorian raunchiness, see Edward Gorey’s The Curious Sofa and Scrap Irony.

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