Sunday, July 11, 2010

Trivial Sunday- The First Thing That Pops Up


With the world going crazy for 3D right now, I thought it only fitting that we focus our attention this week on pop-up books. They've been around for a while, but maybe it's their time to shine. And just in case the 3D technology of a pop-up book is a little Jaws for your taste, don't worry, South Korea promises some Avatar style pop-ups are coming our way. In the meantime, we'll have to settle for the good ol' fashioned kind:


You might know them as the books that are pointless for libraries to carry. Good luck finding one without broken pull-tabs or without cartoon characters that lie limp on the ground like they've given up all hope.

I remember when we were kids, my sister and I each had Aladdin and Pinocchio pop-up books respectively. In the Pinocchio book there used to be a large, coiled and purple snake, complete with fangs.

My father used to get me to put my finger in the snake's mouth, then he'd startle me by slamming the cover. Broken finger and traumatic childhood aside, I still remember those books as being a pretty magical experience.

Remember, while you're welcome to answer all 10 questions at home, please only answer one question in the comments below so that 9 others can play along. If you answer more than one, your comment may be deleted.

1. According to Ann Montanaro's "Concise History of Pop-Ups and Movable Books," the earliest known mechanical device used in a book dates back to:
a) the 13th century
b) 1752
c) Victorian England
d) 1945

2. Pop-up book is the generic term that we use when describing books that are 3-dimensional or movable. Apparently, movable book is the more accepted term used by those in the know. But the jargon doesn't end there. There are also transformations, tunnel books, volvelles, and more. Match each term with the correct definition below:
a)...also called peepshow books, consist of a set of pages bound with two folded concertina strips on each side and viewed through a hole in the cover. Openings in each page allow the viewer to see through the entire book to the back, and images on each page work together to create a dimensional scene inside
b) rotating paper parts
c) these books have scenes made up of vertical slats that slide over one another when a tab is pulled, creating an entirely different scene.

3. This group, made up of over 450 members, was founded in 1993 as a forum for collectors, artists, booksellers, and enthusiasts of the movable book form:
a) 3D Book Appreciation Forum (3D-BAF)
b) the Movable Book Society (MBS)
c) Lovers of Pop-Up, Transforming, and Tunnel Books (L-PUTT)
d) The Pop-Up and Interactive Book Collective (PIBC)

4. Who is the New York Times Best Selling artist behind such titles as STAR WARS: A Pop Up Guide to the Galaxy, Encyclopedia Mythologica, Brava, Strega Nona! and DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop Up Book.

5. Not to give #4 all the credit, 2 of those titles were created with another artist. This artist also won the prestigious Meggendorfer Prize (for movable books) more than anyone else. He's won three years in a row (sort of, the prize is only handed out every two years) for his work on The Christmas Alphabet, Cookie Count and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Who is it? Here's another of his creations:

6. Who created the wildly popular pop-up books, One Red Dot, 600 Black Dots and a whole series of pop-up books about bugs, including one of the very first books I remember giving my now wife on Valentine's Day way back in the day (sorry for the annoying music on this clip):


7. Which of the following children's books does not have a pop up version?
a) Oh The Places You'll Go- Dr. Seuss
b) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- J. K. Rowling
c) The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
d) The Paper Bag Princess- Robert Munsch

8. Name the author:
- Born in England
- Has lived in Canada since 1988
- Author of the wildly successful Griffin and Sabine trilogy
- Pop-up books include: Jabberwocky, Solomon Grundy and Kubla Khan

9. Which is NOT a real pop up book:
a) The Pop-Up Book of Phobias
b) The Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns
c) The Pop-Up Book of Carnival Splats
d) The Pop-Up Kama Sutra

10. In January of 2009, Robert Culbertson broke the Guinness World Record for creating the world's largest pop-up book, The Pop-Up Story of Delray Beach. He held the previous crown as well, with a version of Aesop's Fables he'd created in 2002. How big was the Delray Beach book:
a) 2 ft 11 inches by 3 ft 7 inches
b) 4 ft by 4 ft
c) 4.5 ft by 5 ft 9 inches
d) 10 ft 2 inches by 12.5 ft

I'll leave you with one more:

6 comments:

raidergirl3 said...

#8 Nick Bantock

whew, the only one I really recognized. But when I saw Pop-up books, the first thing that came to mind was the book my sister had as a child, and could recite by heart.
"Cindy Hicks, was almost six, and home alone, except for her big sister upstairs on the phone"
Cindy goes on to bake a cake in the kitchen

Wanda said...

9. Which is NOT a real pop up book:
I'll take a guess and say
b) The Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns (at least I hope it's not a Pop-Up book!)

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: Nick Bantock is correct. And do you still have the book? If not, you can get it here for the low, low price of $145 US.

Wanda: Unfortunately, no. That one is real.

raidergirl3 said...

wow, I don't think we still have it, but I'll have to check with my sister. It was great book!

Isabella said...

#5 is Robert Sabuda.

We have his Alice's Adventures in Wonderful and also The Chronicles of Narnia. The kid loves them. Sabuda is a real master — these books are feats of engineering, a cut above most pop-ups.

Allison said...

I don't recall really enjoying pops ups when I was younger. They always took up too much room in my library bag, which irked me. However, when I was working in England at a book museum, I got to see how they are made and it was quite fascinating. So I have more of an appreciation for the craftsmanship now.

Sorry, I don't know any of the answers...