The Elements of Pop-Up: A Pop Up Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers

by David A. Carter and James Diaz

Beginning with a short paragraph describing what makes pop-ups work (it’s kinetic... read more

Beginning with a short paragraph describing what makes pop-ups work (it’s kinetic energy), and another pointing out that most paper engineers learn how to make dimensional and movable cards and books by dissecting the published works of others, Carter and Diaz proceed to demonstrate the basics of pop-ups. Apprentice pop-up makers are encouraged to practice the components of paper engineering before attempting to create original pop-ups. Anyone opening to page one can get busy with the literal business at hand, because the single example of the authors’ virtuosity is accompanied there by a dimensional glossary. They then provide a small three-dimensional example to accompany brief written directions for18 kinds of parallel folds, 12 examples of angle folds, four types of wheels and eight varieties of pull tabs. All examples are carefully described regarding relative scale. They invite manipulation, because they are glued right into the book. The placement of information titled “How a Pop-Up Is Made”on the final two pages underscores the intent of this wonderfully organized, one-of-a-kind guide, which is to start by practicing the fundamentals. A URL is provided for anyone wanting to download the die-drawings for the pop-ups in the book. (Age 12 - adult)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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