The Pop-Up World of Ann Montanaro

Traditional Tales Reconstructed



Land of long ago: A visit to fairyland with Humpty Dumpty: A novel picture book for children. [JPG 57K] Verses by L. L. Weedon. E. Stuart Hardy, illustrator. Printed in Bavaria. London, Nister; New York, E. P. Dutton, [1890]
Description: 27 x 34 cm. 27 pages. Humpty Dumpty takes two little children into fairyland where they meet their favorite characters. Featuring the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, The Old Woman who lived in a shoe, and Beauty and the beast, each accompanied by a full-page pop-up. The illustrations are on pull-down pages. In this illustration, Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf. The muted tones of the picture are offset by the realism of the wolf's pose and Red's look of concern. The pastoral setting undermines the suggestion that she is in any real danger.

Ali Baba and the forty thieves. A Peepshow Book. [JPG 42K] Illustrated by Ionicus. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1950.
Description: 14 x 17 cm. A carousel book with six multi-dimensional scenes, bound together with ribbons attached to both covers. No less than six titles were published in this series.

Two books illustrated by Harold B. Lentz. [JPG 60K]


Beauty and the beast: And other fantastic fairy tales: A pop-up book with four miniature storybooks. [JPG 80K] By Ron Van der Meer. Fran Thatcher, illustrator. Manufactured in China. New York, Random House, 1994.
Description: 21 x 29 cm. 8 pages. Four fairy tales: Snow White and the seven dwarfs, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio are retold in story and pop-ups. Four booklets, 7 x 11 cm., with pertinent stories accompany each illustration. Four, detailed, double-page pop-ups represent scenes from each of the stories. This scene can be viewed from all four sides. Pictured here is the puppet stage where Pinocchio performed. A tab located just behind the puppet-master, can be pulled to make the puppets move on the stage. Turning the book clockwise reveals the whale, shown here with open mouth with both Pinocchio and Geppetto under its tongue. One more turn shows the Blue Fairy talking to Pinocchio. The same tab which moves the puppets is used in this scene to make Pinocchio's nose grow longer.

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