Before we go talk to a long list of authors at BookExpo this week, here's a bit of an author visit we enjoyed recently. Matthew Reinhart, half of the Reinhart/Sabuda team that has revolutionized the pop-up book for kids and adults with modern classics like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Pop-Up Book of Phobias, Star Wars: The Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica and Encyclopedia Mythologica series. Their latest book is Gods & Heroes, the second in the Encyclopedia Mythologica series (the first is Fairies and Magical Creatures, and the third, still in production, will be Dragons & Monsters). And coming this fall is DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book.
A few of us here had the pleasure of lunch with Matthew Reinhart earlier this month, and beforehand, we asked him to demonstrate some of his pop-up magic. And here are some of the highlights.
First, a tour of the new book, from ancient Egypt to the legends of the Americas (my favorite is Thor):
And then, with an aplomb that didn't quite surprise us (I'm guessing we're not the first to ask him) but still wowed us, he demonstrated how to turn a scrap piece of paper (sorry, H.A. Rey!), a pair of scissors, and a Sharpie into a living, breathing monster:
Thanks, Matthew! --Tom (and Lauren)
P.S. For more about what goes into making their pop-ups, check out this excellent interview Matthew did with Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, featuring lots of behind-the-scenes photos.