Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gnomes Pop-Up

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I recently found this gem on Instagram and was excited to add another pop-up book to my collection. It’s designed by John Strejan with paper engineering by Tor Lokvig and handwriting by Diane Kosowski. Published in 1979 by Harry N. Abrams Inc, adapted from Rien Poortvliet & Wil Huugen’s Gnomes, ISBN: 0810909669. You can check out my Judging Post on the full-length Gnomes book here.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes Pop-Up (II)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

This week I’m featuring an awesome pop-up book that I randomly found in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble for about $6. So worth it! It contains two unabridged stories – A Scandal in Bohemia and The Blue Carbuncle – with pop-up segments and full color illustrations. It was released in 2014 by Canterbury Classics, ISBN: 9781607108979.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Alice in Wonderland (XI)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Don’t think you’ve seen the last of my ever-growing Alice collection! This is one of my favorites (if you can pick from a collection that’s made entirely of favorites) and it’s a fantastic pop-up book! This is a Little Simon edition from 2003, illustrated by Robert Sabuda. It is abridged, of course but it does a wonderful job of highlighting popular parts. ISBN: 9780689847431.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Trail

First off, Happy Christmas to anyone who celebrates! I hope you receive lots of books!

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I don’t know about you, but I love pop-up books and I have a few. Trail, by David Pelham, is a fantastic, all white adventure through nature. The text is sparse, but that’s fine because the papercraft inside is fantastic and incredibly detailed. It’s from 2007, published by Little Simon, ISBN: 9781416948940. It’s just a beautiful book.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: ABC3D

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This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

This week’s post is a shorter one – I’ll admit, when I was taking these pictures it was cold out and the sun was going down and I just wanted to get back inside.

Anyway, this is ABC3D, an awesome pop-up book by Marion Bataille. The pages have different effects and sometimes one letter will transform into another. I have a small collection of pop-up books now and this is one of the first ones I bought. It was published in 2008, ISBN 9781596434257.

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Mini Review: Celebrity Meltdowns

20141221_133140Even More Outrageous Celebrity Meltdowns: Pop-up Parodies of Your Favorite Stars
By: Heather Havrilesky

My Edition:
Hardcover, 20 pages
2007, Melcher Media
ISBN: 9781595910349

I had no idea this book existed, until I received it as a Christmas gift. I’m not particularly interested in celebrity gossip or scandals, but this book was intended as a gift and what really made me laugh is that it’s a pop-up book. I actually have a handful of pop-up books, which the giver didn’t know about, so it fits in my collection!

This book has 9 little stories about crazy things celebs have done, like when Mel Gibson went on his offensive rant, when Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face while they were hunting and when Britney Spears had her baby on her lap when driving. The stories are just little blurbs, the main draws are the comedic illustrations and the pop-up effects. I got a few chuckles out of pulling the tabs to make certain features move.

I’d never buy something like this for myself, but I think it’s a great joke gift for someone who reads a lot of ragmags or is very into silly celebrity stories.

20141221_133232There’s a tab on each page you can pull to add some movement to the page. In this case, when you pull the tab on the left, you can pull Nicole’s car across the page. 

20141221_133301Pulling the tab on this page kind of moves the guy’s head (on the right).

20141221_133352This was my favorite page – the tree comes up and it’s probably about 12 inches high. Then when you pull the tab, it causes Keith Richards to sort of  climb the tree.