Category Archives: News

Artist Watch: Zim & Zou

We came across the work of two young artists, Lucie Thomas and Thimbault Zimmerman, and had to see more. They are the duo behind Zim & Zou, a studio based in Nancy, France. Their colorful, whimsical images are photographs of objects and paper sculpture. We hope you enjoy their work as much as we do!

Pop-Up Showcase: Every pop-up library needs…

…this book! We love it! Written by Don Compton, beautifully illustrated by Dave Ember, and wonderfully engineered by Bruce Foster, America’s National Parks, A Pop-Up Book brings our national parks to life. The publisher’s goal is to raise $100,000 to support the parks. You can buy your copy here or on Amazon. Happy travels!

Artist Watch: Paula Scher

Artist/graphic designer, Paula Scher, paints maps in a way nobody else can – bright, bold, and full of type!

Artist Watch: Vanishing Cultures Project

The Vanishing Cultures Project is a documentary project that is helping to create awareness of native tribes and preserve their way of life. Read more about this project.

Taylor Weidman and Nina Wegner team up for half the year and go out to document indigenous tribes. They have already finished their first project about Tibet in the Upper Mustang region. You can purchase prints and a book about Tibet.  Right now they are working on documenting the pastoral herders in Mongolia.

What I really love about the project is not only the preservation aspect, but the photographs. They are truly stunning.

Pop-Up Event at McNally Jackson Books, NYC

Pop-Up Event at McNally Jackson Books, NYC

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, I was at the fabulous McNally Jackson Books signing books, talking about the pop-up book process & showing kids how to build their own. What a great time!

If you’re looking to add to your pop-up (or regular) book collection, pop on by McNally Jackson Books at 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 1001, give them a call at 212-274-1160 or check them out online at

Event Alert! NYCC 2013! 10/12/13!

Geek is chic. Especially at NYCC, the center of the geekoverse. Everyone knows that published science fiction authors reign on the Geek Hierarchy charts because the Internet tells us so! (See, The Brunching Shuttlecocks.) Join us on this epic panel as the genre’s top names in publishing celebrate all things geeky and nerdy! Featuring: Lev Grossman (The Magician King), Michael R. Underwood (Celebromancy), V.E. Schwab (Vicious), Matthew Reinhart (DC Superheroes & Transformers) and Kami Garcia (Unbreakable). Moderated by Brad Ricca (Super Boys).

Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: 1A14
Speakers: Brad Ricca, Lev Grossman, V.E. Schwab, Kami Garcia, Matthew Reinhart, Michael R. Underwood

Pop-Up Showcase: Concentrate and you can…

…Feel the Force!  After Transformers, science is one of our favorite topics around the studio. This incredible, hilarious pop-up book, Super Science: Feel the Force! (Templar, 2011), by writer Tom Adams, illstrator Thomas Flintham and paper engineer Andy Mansfield, explores the mysteries of physics through fun pull-tabs and pop-ups. Recommended for ages 7-10.  Trust us, if you had seen Matthew’s low grades in high school physics class, you’d agree this is a must for any collection!

Pop-Up Showcase: Stand-Up Switzerland

Ellen Rubin brought my attention to a new series of pop-up books promoting Switzerland and its many cultural, natural and architectural wonders. There are six books in the series created by Stand Up Switzerland, and the publisher boasts of being “the original” as well as “the no. 1 3D-Book of Switzerland.”

I had the opportunity to review two titles in the series and opted to focus on the major cities of Zurich and Bern. Looks like I chose well as the copy of “Best of Bern” displayed a sticker plainly stating “probably the best Swiss Souvenir-Book”.

The designers cram almost 40 pages of information in the 12” x 9” format that features a pop-up map of the host region on the first spread as well as a large complex paper engineered structure with accompanying pop-up side flap in the center of the book. In Bern, the Bundeshaus (Parliament building) unfolds to a satisfyingly solid structure. For Zurich, the Grossmunster cathedral takes center stage to St. Peter’s clock tower. The good people at Refeka really did a nice job with the paper engineering.

Since this is a promotion catering to the tourism trade, all the books are printed in German, French, English, Chinese and Japanese. Additionally, pop-up cards are available for purchase at the online store. With the aid of Google translation and helpful English email correspondence I had no trouble ordering these welcome editions. If you are interested in a unique souvenir of your time abroad or wish to supplement your pop-up collection, I recommend you consider picking some up.

Pop-Up Showcase: Big Frog Can’t Fit In

Mo Willems  had set his sights on the humble frog.  Not just any frog but a frog SO big she can’t fit inside the book. Mo teamed up with Bruce Foster to create the first ever “Pop-Out” book.  Big Frog Can’t Fit In was released this week by Hyperion and I was fortunate enough to get a copy for myself.

The nine-inch by nine inch book comes in a tall resealable bag with an additional orange box that protects the dangling froggie toes from getting smashed on the bookshelf. The six spreads feature oversized pop-ups and playful pull tabs designed out of sturdy heavyweight paper.  (This book has the potential to stand up to some very curious little hands.)  I am also very impressed with how the positive storyline is integrated with the pop-ups.  You can tell Mo and Bruce really had fun making this book.

In fact when I asked Bruce about his experience with the book and the collaboration he had this to say. “Mo was great to work with. Very funny guy.  When they called me with his idea I had to slap my head like in the V-8 commercials, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!!’ Ha.”

One of my favorite details of the book involves Big Frog flashing a gold tooth as she shrinks on the page.  It’s the little things like this that make the book worthy of reading over and over at bedtime. (or playtime, or anytime!)

Now that the pop-out book is out Mo and Bruce are had at work in a variety of different projects.  Keep an eye on Mo’s blog to get a taste of what’s to come out of his studio. As for Bruce Foster, well he is the most prolific paper engineer I have ever met. This month FOUR new titles he paper engineered are coming out: Big Frog Can’t Fit In, The Sound of Music, Angels and the Sports Illustrated Kid’s Wow! The Pop Up Book of Sports.  I’m looking forward to seeing them all!