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Our Blog Conversation Takes a Delightful Turn . . .

pop-up book

Image courtesy of Thuwirawat @ Wikimedia Commons

Since most of the visitors to this blog come from Google searches, I ask my regular readers to bear with me while I explain, briefly, to new readers that Mondays and Wednesdays are Conversation days (in about 10 weeks, Fridays will also be for the Conversations…).

And, on the other days of the week, I do informative re-blogs; or, sometimes, special-topic posts…


On Monday we wrapped up our dialogue with the post, Extending the Conversation about Traditional vs Self Publishing, which has the links to the three previous posts in that discussion…

And, the way these conversations work is that folks can leave comments on a post and those comments are the bridge to the next post where I respond by extending the conversation…


…the comments take us in a different direction :-)


Here’s the image from that last post: traditional-vs-self-publishing

And, here’s the conversation that happened in the comments:

HA: I like your picture. I miss pop-up books. <3

AMZ: Well, now that you mention it, I do, too :-)

HA: It’s nice to have something lift off the page a bit. Pop-up books are so rare now with machines doing all the printing for books. Every August or September, I learn how to make pop-ups and make them for Christmas cards. I’m not too good at it yet but if you want, I can make one for you someday. :)

AMZ: Lovely offer — are you able to make a video of you making one?

HA: I’m a bit shy because I’m not very good at making pop-ups. If you want, I’ll try. :)

AMZ: Go ahead and try; then, we can decide if you want me to do a post about it :-)

HA: A Christmas card? I’ll keep this in mind. Will do it when I have the time and I’ll let you know then. :)

AMZ: Doesn’t have to be Christmas—actually, sooner is better—maybe a pop-up of an author at work; or, a pen and paper; or, a pop-up of a pop-up book… Something like that? :-)

HA: I’ll figure something out and let you know soon. :)

AMZ: Very Cool ! When you have it, send it to my email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com …

HA: I do have to let you know that this couple of weeks are going to be pretty busy ones but I’ll let you know as soon a I have it. :)

AMZ: Wonderful ! :-)


Instead of:  Post > Comments > Post > Comments

We had:  Post >>> Conversation :-)

And, here’s a request for your comments about experiences with pop-up books—or, any type of books that are rarely created these days…

Plus, we can all look forward to HA’s video of the making of a pop-up………
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5 responses to “Our Blog Conversation Takes a Delightful Turn . . .

  1. Johnpaul Mahofski (@TangierForever) April 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    This conversation reminded me of an essay I once bookmarked in Library School…
    (A Concise History of Pop-up and Movable Books) by Ann Montanaro

    Also it reminded me of a quote that is on the wall in the visiting room at the prison I work at. It is placed where inmates sometimes get to read to their children or watch them interact with Pop up Books:
    Books help give children a leg up on the ladder of life“.
    Children’s book editor Janet Schulman (1998)

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai April 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks, Johnpaul, for your valuable link and quote :-)


  3. Jane Watson April 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

    I have tried very hard to remember if I had a pop-up book as a child. I have a very strong sense that I did have one but I cannot remember what it was. I remember opening a book, and watching its pop up dimensions unfold – perhaps I was looking at a building, something ancient like the Globe Theatre in Shakespeare’s times but I cannot confirm this. The feeling of loss that I had thinking about this led me to do some research on pop-up books in the hope that one would leap off the page as the one that I was acquainted with. Alas none did, but I came across some very interesting examples, which I wish I had owned. One was a pop-up book of of the works of Hokusai, the Japanese artist. I would really like to own this book.

    As I was finishing my research I realised that I had read a kind of pop-up book as an adult and had gifted it to quite a few small children. It is a delightful book and you may know of it: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Wikipedia says that this book has sold 30 million copies worldwide and that ‘it has been described as having sold the equivalent of a copy per minute since its publication in 1969.’ It is the story of a caterpillar who eats his way through the book, then grows into a pupae, which then transforms into a butterfly. Educational but boring you may think? No, magical and transformative for a reader of any age. This is not just a book that pops up but it is also extruded. The book is full of holes left by the caterpillar as it eats it way through the pages :-)

    I finally realised that perhaps now we have a new kind of ‘pop-up’. Every seen an orrery on your tablet? Or the version of Alice in Wonderland? Wonderful stuff….Let’s hope today’s children remember these 3D stories when they are old :-)

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  4. Alexander M Zoltai April 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Marvelous comment, Jane—truly Marvelous


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