The Pop-Up World of Ann Montanaro

Entertaining (and Instructing) Children



Bennett Cerf's pop-up limericks, [JPG 51K] [By] Bennett Cerf. Manufactured in Colombia, South America. New York, Random House, [ca. 1967].
Description: 24 cm. 18 pages. Thirteen classic limericks are brightly illustrated in bold cartoon-like pictures. Tab-operated mechanicals produce motion and reveal the conclusion of the limerick. Show here is Hannah. The limerick: " A certain young lady named Hannah, was caught in a flood in Montannah. As she floated away, her beau, so they say... Accompanied her on the piannah." When the tab is pushed in the boy is not visible. Random House produced about 45 titles in this numbered pop-up series between the mid-1960s and 1983.

Giorgio's Village [JPG 96K] By Tomie de Paola. Keith Moseley, paper engineer. Produced by Intervisual Communications, Inc. Printed in Colombia, South America. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1982.
Description: 20 x 27 cm. Giorgio and his cat Puffino enjoy a day's activities in their village in Italy at the time of the Renaissance. The cover is divided into two halves which come together in the center. They form the gates of the city and tie together with a ribbon. When the covers are untied, the book opens into a three-sided stagelike setting displaying six individual scenes. Each scene folds down as the story is told. In this final scene Giorgio sweeps the street after a day filled with market square activities. When the tab, located at the side of the building, is pulled, the doves move, the lights in the building go out, and the moon come up.

Butterfly. My First Wildlife Book. [JPG 61K] By Keith Faulkner. Jonathan Lambert, Illustrator. Printed in Singapore. s.l. HarperFestival, 1993.
Description: 16 x 16 cm. 10 pages. The butterfly life cycle is followed from egg to adult culminating with a radiantly colored, double-page pop-up. In contrast to the life-like butterfly in The Ultimate Bug Book, this butterfly radiates the artist's conception of the emerging form.

Tractor factory: A pop-up book. [JPG 83K] By Elinor Bagenal. Steve Augarde, illustrator and paper engineer. Produced by Imago. Printed in Colombia, South America. New York, Artists & Writers Guild Books, 1994.
Description: 22 x 30 cm. 10 pages. Take a trip through a tractor factory and build the perfect tractor. Tab-operated mechanicals on 6 pages show the production line and testing. Two rotating wheels on separate pages move parts and tractors in and out of the repair shop. On the final pages a large double-page pop-up tractor is proudly displayed.

The Hunter who was king and other African tales. [JPG 90K] Adapted by Bernette Ford. George Ford, illustrator. Produced by White Heat Ltd. Printed in Colombia, South America. New York, Hyperion Books for Children, 1994.
Description: 21 x 27 cm. 20 pages. Three African folktales tell of a hunter who follows a crocodile into a land of great riches, a tortoise who is stronger than both an elephant and a hippo, and an egg so large that from it comes an entire herd of cattle. In the story "The hunter who was king," a lazy hunter was told by the medicine man to begin hunting and to be content with the first animal he found. That animal turned out to be a crocodile which led him to a hillside opening where there was a queen awaiting the man who would be her king. The women shown here are celebrating the arrival of the hunter.

Going to the doctor: A pop-up book. [JPG 98K] By Stacie Strong. Eugenie Fernandes, illustrator. Doug Bergstreser and Bob Arlt, designers. Tor Lokvig, paper engineer. Produced by Intervisual Communications, Inc. Printed in Colombia, South America. New York, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1991.
Description: 17 x 23 cm. 10 pages. Text and movable illustrations describe the procedures and instruments encountered during a typical visit to the doctor's office. Three double-page pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, and tab-operated mechanicals. This family in the waiting room is greeted by a nurse when the door is opened and they proceed inside the office for the examination.

The Jolly Jump-ups and their new house. [JPG 63K] By Geraldine Clyne. Springfield, Massachusetts, McLoughlin Bros., 1939.
Description: 19 x 27 cm. 12 pages. The text is printed parallel to the spine. The Jump-ups (a family with six children, a cat, and a dog) have just moved into their new house on Featherbed Lane. The activities of this perfect family are illustrated in six fan-folded pop-ups showing the children working together in the kitchen, playing quietly on a rainy day, celebrating Jill's birthday, performing during their family "children's hour," and preparing for sleep in their adjacent pastel bedrooms.This is the first title in a series of eleven Jolly Jump-up books which were published between 1939 and 1954.

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