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The Pop-Up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Over 100 Original Paper Projects Paperback – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805028846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805028843
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Pop-ups are three-dimensional cut-and-folded paper constructions that are widely used for children's books and greeting cards. They have a magical appeal as they mysteriously fold and unfold. Expanding on pop-up material covered in his earlier The Encyclopedia of Origami & Papercraft (LJ 3/1/92), Jackson offers an instructional guide leading the craftsperson through an introductory section of basics to sections covering techniques and original design. The step-by-step projects are exercises in technique only, with complex constructions shown as examples. Like the author's previous books, this one is notable for its clear instructions and bright, colorful illustrations. For users of all ages; highly recommended for public libraries.
Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Add to the list of occupational titles a new one, that of paper engineer. The forms and folds, scores and creases, that Jackson transforms into striking shapes and designs truly deserve acknowledgment. What is also unusual about his instructions is his patient explanation, taking up more than half the book with all the techniques possible with either one or multiple sheets of paper. Although the process appears complicated, each how-to is accompanied by step-by-step color photographs, building on the previous lesson. As for actual projects? He selects three formsa single heart, a double heart, and a heart with an arrowand demonstrates 7 to 16 different methods to fashion pop-ups. A 20-page gallery at the end cinches the initial reaction that pop-ups are more than a craft. Barbara Jacobs

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A thorough guide to paper engineering of pop-up books.
Mitzi Humphrey
It features all kinds of fun projects that you can create as the book shows or use as springboards for your own ideas!
WindRider
The book has very clear, step-by-step instructions, and photos of completed samples.
J. B. Morgan

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Book Nut on November 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I own several books on pop-up techniques and this is one of my favorites. This is a large format, beautifully illustrated book filled with sound, easy to learn techniques, well-photographed and explained. It also includes lovely examples of more professional work using the techniques which serve as a gallery of inspiration. Jackson is a natural instructor whose passion for paper engineering is infectious.

In answer to the reviewers who were disappointed that this doesn't spoon feed you exact projects to slavishly copy down to the last fraction of an inch, there are examples to copy in here, but I don't believe that was the point of this book. The step by step examples are actually quite good, but this isn't meant to be a pattern book to cut out or copy and then glue together. The point is to allow the reader/user to master the basics of paper engineering techniques and materials so that the reader can then make his/her own projects. The step by step examples are meant as teaching tools. The point of the book is to learn skills, be inspired by photographed examples, and to use this as a starting point for creating your own work.

The author did do another which I believe is called "Paper Pop ups" that does have page after page of pop ups that you can cut out or copy and glue together, and there are some other wonderful pop ups in there that are not in this one. However, one of the things I love about this book is that it clearly explains the basics for someone who is unfamiliar with the techniques, yet it isn't dumbed down. He teaches you skills and provides pictures of examples that provide a foundation for using your imagination so you can create, rather than copy templates.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is simply amazing. Using only a sheet of paper, a hobby knife, and this book, you can create some very beautiful work.
The Pauls who wrote the book give clear directions for making a wide variety of different popups, using a variety of different folding techniques. They start simple, just single cuts and simple folds. They work up to some mind-boggling creations; those require significant precision and care.
Directions are in the form of patterns, ready to transfer from the book to your own paper. That could be a problem for some people. The patterns are shown reduced in size, and in somewhat schematic form. When multiple pieces of paper are involved, it takes a bit mechanical insight to figure out just how each piece fits each other - the directions aren't always explicit.
The directions are clear enough, though. With a little work, you should be able to put most of these patterns together, then start improvising on your own. Of course, you can add whatever illustration or decoration you want - the structure is just the beginning of your finished piece.
You'll find clear directions for projects of graded complexity. There's probably something here for everyone. Go ahead, have fun with them!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book covers basics of pop-ups created using folds and cuts. The "gallery" in the back is amazing. Within two weeks of buying this book I was making birthday cards. The kiss for the valentine's day card alone was worth the price of the book (ah, what a crafty person can do....). If you're looking for pop-up construction with pull tabs, wheels, levers, etc, check out Hiner's books.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Morgan on March 2, 2002
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This is a great book. The author starts with very basic, simple cuts and folds, and progresses through more difficult techniques.
The book has very clear, step-by-step instructions, and photos of completed samples. Each technique explained also shows several variations, along with a completed project. You won't find instructions for all of the completed projects though, (the bird on the cover, for example), because I think the idea is for you to experiment on your own, using the techniques illustrated in the book.
I found the size of the book to be a big help. Print you can actually read and photos that are a good size. All around nice book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. Jambunathan on June 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Thats what the title says and hence i bought the book.

Its not exactly step by step. The cards i liked didnt come with any instructions at all!

Its very frustrating---because you can see the card but cannot make it.

The directions (wherever you are lucky to find it)...are not very helpful also...for eg---there are drawings for the cut out but no dimensions...it didnt help me at all.

I would recommend this book only if you are a accomplished paper engineer and can "see" the technique of making these cards
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Gonyea on February 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
No, this book doesn't have luscious designs for you to copy & make.

What it does have that makes it a superior book on the subject are logical. easy to understand directions on how to design & make your own versions. This book also alerts you to problems that might appear if you ignore underlying structural mechanics.

Of the books I own on this subject, this one has been the springboard that has allowed me to design my own successful and creative pop-ups.

If you want to make someone else's designs, this isn't the book for you. If you want to express yourself using imaginative pop-ups that are your own designs -- and that work -- then I recommend this book!
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