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, 
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]
- Jack the Giant Killer, with "pop-up" illustration in color by
Harold B. Lentz. "Pop-up Classics." New York, Blue Ribbon Books, 1933.
Description: 17 x 23 cm. 96 pages. Jack, the conqueror of giants, wins the
hearts of the people and the hand of the daughter of the duke. The cover is
- The "pop-up" Pinocchio, being the life and adventures of a wooden puppet
who finally became a real boy; with "pop-up" illustrations in color by
Harold B. Lentz. New York, Blue Ribbon Books, 1932.
Description: 17 x 23 cm. 96 numbered pages. Story of Pinocchio printed on
stiff cardboard. Four double-page pop-ups showing Pinocchio seated on the
floor reading, a four-sided house, a clown with a stand-up horse, and
Pinocchio leaving the mouth of a large fish.
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.