||EXPLORER - A Pop-Up Book
Robert Ballard. Illustrated by: James Dietz. Designed
by: Jon Z Haber.
Paper Engineering by: Tor Lokvig & Dennis K Meyer.
|Hard back illustrated covers - 12 printed
pages (not numbered)
Pages include inside of front and back covers)
Dimensions: 30 cms tall by 22.5 cms wide.
Each pair of pages when viewed are descrete subjects
and produce a pop-up on each. There ares six sections: Titanic, Project
Famous, Oasis of Life, Cayman Trough, NR-1 and Jason Project.
Section 1 about the Titanic has a pop-up of the bows
of the wreckand shows Alvinapproaching the ship. It describes the
discovery in July of 1986 and subsequent exploration. As well as
the popup, there's a couple of tabs to pull - one depicts the Jason Jnr
lighting the wreck while the second depicts the three hour descent to the
wreck on the bottom. There's also a flap to lift the top showing
the Titanic in all it's glory and underneath is a map of its last resting
place in the North Atlantic.
Section 2 describes when in 1974 the French (with Archimede
and Cyan) and Americans with Alvin took part in Project Famous (French
American Mid-Ocean Undersea Study). The popup shows a deep submersible
submarine traversing a rock face underwater.
Section 3 shows Alvin lighting a cluster of creatures
in a place where life was thought of all but absent. Out of the port
Ballard saw huge worms never seen before.
Section 4 Ballard descends in Trieste II to map the Cayman
Trough and retrieve rock samples. The popup depicts Trieste II traversing
an underwater mountain range.
In section 5 Ballard uses the US Navy's smallest neuclear
submarine NR-1 exploring theReykjanes Ridge near Iceland. As well
as the NR-1 being a pop-up, there is also a flap to lift on the popup picture
to reveal inside the submarine. There's also a wheel to turn which
as moved changes the view our of the sublanine window.
Section 6explains the Jason Project when Ballard explores
the two American ships Hamilton and Scourge than sank in a storm on LAke
Ontario. The pop-up depicts the figurehead and Jason hovering behind
it. Once again there's a wheel that changes a TV pictire as turned.
||MY UNDER THE SEA POP UP BOOK
Text and illustrated by Gill Davies.
Summit Press, Noble Park, Victoria, Australia. Published
|Hardcover, ten delightful popups. Full colouur.
"Friendly sea creature Pop-ups. Humorous rhyming text.
Fun illustrations." This pop-up would be an absolute delight to any toddlerwith
rather stylised sea creatures all with a happy smile. I don't thinbk that
the 'rhyming text' will endorse the author as ouir next poet laureate but
its meant to be fun for the kids and it archeves that admirably. The engineering
is basic but effective. A delightful book. [ps]
Subtitle: Dive Deep and Meet Some Splahy, Fishy Friends
Paper Engineering by: Patrick Watson & Marr Rickard.
Text By: Patrick Watson
Published by: Top Story, Bath, UK in 2002
Hard Back illustrated covers - 22 pages (not numbered).
Dimensions: 27.5 cms tall by 27.5 cms wide
This popup book is aimed at the very youndg reader with
simple text aimed at children learning to read. There are 10 popups
which are very crude and obviously aimed at younger childred. Popups
are Shark, Clownfish, Stingray, Turtle, Dolphin, Crab, Walrus, Moray Eel,
Octopus and finally a human snorkeller. Text is kept very simple,
for example "The turtle hides in his shell .... just like a snail" and
"Andd me in the sea, just for swimming". [pt]
||SHIPWRECKS - A 3 Dimensional
David Hawcock and Gary Walton
Published by: Tango Books, UK in 1993. Created, designed
and produced by Sadie Fields Productions , Ltd., London.
Also shown on title page as published by Harper Festival,
a Division of Harper Collins Publishers. This may be a later edition
but no date indicated as such.
"Discover the world of underwater exploration in this three-dimensional,
|Hard back illustrated cover, landscape format, slighly
less than A4 size. Nine double-page units, ie eighteen pages
(plus endpapers); 22 printed pages (not numbered). (Pages include inside
of front and back covers)
Dimensions: 22 cms tall by 24.5 cms wide
This is a really fun and informative juvenile book concentrating
on 6 famous wrecks although there are only "pop-ups" of five of them.
The book starts with details of the Vasa in Sweden but sadly, there are
no pop-ups, just details of the loss in 1628, rediscovery in 1956 and subsequent
recovery in 1961. The book continues with the Etruscan wreck of the
Giglio, discovered off Italy by sports divers in the 1960's and its subsequent
excavation starting in 1982. The pop-up shows a reef covered with
amphora and there are two accompanying items - one is a pull tab that simulates
a lifting bag raising a piece of amphora from behind some coral, the other
is a pull down flap that reveals how the divers worked with 2 reserve cylinders
on the shot line and divers working on the bottom. Other wrecks covered,
all with similar displays are the Atocha, The Mary Rose, the Hamilton &
Scourge (Off Niagra, New York) and finally the Titanic. The Atocha
pop-up shows the deck levels showing cannon and cargo, there is also a
working representation of a navigators "astralobe". The Mary Rose
has a nice pop-up of the ship and flaps to lift that show how the ship
looked immediately after it sank but when lifted show how each section
looks now. Hamilton & Sourge have a pop-up representation of
the ship and a "working" sonar representation of how the ship was revealed
to Bob Ballard. Finally, the Titanic has a pop-up of the bow section
and a "pull out" of the deck sections. All illustrations, pop-ups
and detail are in colour, it's not the best "engineered" pop-up book around
but never-the-less an extremely nice book. [pt]
Quite a delightful publication and one enjoyed by my
young son. A 3-dimendional book is not only a ‘pop-up' but also has other
moveable graphics to entertain the child = pull tabs, flip over sections,
and in this instance, a rather interesting concertina stip pf the deck
plans of the Titanic - amusing but of no edicational use as the graphics
are far too small. It starts with a double page spread of modern
scuba divers raising an aryballos - and of you think these kids books are
not educational, do you know what an aryballos is? On this first unit we
have a pull tab, a flip-over and a pop-up. Next is a straightforward text
and illustrations with no 3-D, on the famous spanish galleon treasure ship
Nuestra Senora de Atocha, followed by a second double-spread on the ship,
this time with a rather ordinary pop-up. Son Sam likes this wreck as he
has a real silver piece-of-eight off the wreck given to me by Mel Fisher
who found it; he is of course mentioned in the book. Next we
have a fine pop-up of the equally famous Mary Rose, followed by a second
double-page unit with a flip-ver showing the sunken hull - how it was initially
when sunk in 1545 and what remained when excavation started in 1967.
The next two double-page units are on the lesser-known merchant ship wrecks
Hamilton and Scourge, lost in the Great Lakes (USA) in 1813. Robert Ballard
located the ships in 1975 using his remote-controlled submersible robot
Jason. They wereapparently very well preserved in the cold deep water.
Of course we can't have a book of shipwrecks without the Titanic being
represented, so here we have two more double-page units with aforementioned
concertina deck plans, and a pretty ordinary pop-up of the bow as she is
now. All in all, a delightful "pop-up book" for the budding oceanographer,
and one that gave Sam much pleasure. Just one little thing though, if the
publishers are reading this! They are not oxygen cylinders tied to a shot
line for scuba diving: an unfortunate editing slip. [ps]
||SOUNDS OF THE WILD
Paper engineering by: Richard Hawke.
Published by: The Templar , UK in 2007.
Hard back illustrated covers - 16 pages (pages not numbered);
(including inside the front and back covers).
Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 29 cms wide
This is a popup book with a real difference as every
page where there is a popup shown, the reader also experienced associated
sounds. Although the book is 18 pages long, only 10 contain popups
and sounds, the popups being very simple. The non pop-up pages provide
extra detail covering the pages where pop-ups appear. irst pair of popup
pages depicts "sounds of the Seashore". The double page popup show
all manner of seabirds and the accompanying sound is that of the screech
of seagulls. Next comes a section titled "Deep In The Atlantic" with
popups of whale and fish, the accompanying sound is that of the whale call.
Then the book moves to "Caribbean Waters" where the picture reveals dolphins,
turtles, octopus, barracuda and much more - the accompanying sound is that
from a dolphin. Next popup is the "Creatures of the Reef" with a
popup lion fish, angelfish, sharks, groupers, manta rays and even the head
of a scuba diver. The sound is of rushing water and a scuba diver
breathing. Finally the popup reveals "The Icy Shore" with penguins
and seals - the sound is of the sea, sea birds and large elephant seals
growling at each other. [pt]
||STRANGE ANIMALS OF THE SEA
Illustrations by: Jerry Pinkney. Paper Engineers: John
Strejan & James Roger Diaz
Published by: National Geographic; 1987.
Hard back illustrated covers - 12 paged (not numbered).
(Including inside of the front and back covers)
Published by the National Geographic Society in the "Action
Book" series. Each pair of pages viewed has a pop up and usually
a pull tab or flap to lift. The first popup is a hermit crab with a tab
to pull that makes two sea horses move. In addition there is a tab
to pull in a circular motion that an anemone is revealed as turned.
Next page reveals giant kelp and a pull tab makes 2 sea slugs move across
the page. Under a flap is a "top snail" on a kelp float. The
third pair of pages reveal a menacing looking angler fish which the book
refers to as a goose fish. Next there's a coral reef complete with
moray eel, lion fish, crab and giant clam. Under a flap, printed
as an anemone, appears a small clown fish that pops out, the further the
flap is lifted. Then on the next page, there's hammerhead sharks
and a spotted eagle ray. Finally, there's a page with a large popup
octopus and squid with many other deeper sea creatures. [pt]
||THE MIGHTY DEEP
by Felix Culper. Illustrated by: Mike Peterkin.
Paper Engineering by: Paul Wilgress.
Published by: Victoria House Publishing, Bath, England
|Hardback Illustrated Covers - 8 printed pages (not numbered)
(includes inside front and back covers)
Dimensions: 31 cms tall by 21.5 cms wide
Published in "The Ultimate Quest Pop-Up Books" series
but not a classic pop-up book. The book is shaped when viewed from
the front, top right, taking the shape of the sharks nose shown on the
cover. All the internal popup pages are "engineered" from one long
piece of card into the 8 pages. Each pair of pages viewed produce
a simple popup on four subjects: 1. The book starts with a view of the
surface showing a ship launching a bathysphere over the side and two scuba
divers can be seen one of which is just jumping into the water. Other
items shown include a manta ray, blue marlin, flying fish, sailfish, sperm
whale, dolphin and sailfish. 2. Shows a coral reef with a scuba diver "hovering"
and various types of coral and fish. 3. Covers "Deadly killers" with various
sharks, octopus and squid circling a diver in a cage. 4. Shows what it's
thought to be like at 6,000 feet in a bathysphere. It's hovering
over a wreck and various types of deep sea fish can be seen. [pt]
||THE ULTIMATE OCEAN BOOK
Subtitle: A Unique Introduction to the World of Underwater in Fabulous
Full Colour Pop-Ups
Maria Mudd-Ruth. Illustrated by: Virge Cask & Beverley
Published by: Western Publishing Company Inc, New York,
USA in 1995.
|Hard back, illustrated cover - 10 printed
pages (not numbered)
(Pages include inside of front and back covers )
Dimensions: 30.5 cms tall by 22.5 cms wide
This has to be one of the best ever "engineered" pop-up
books ever produced with a subject matter of sea life. It contains
five stunning pop ups (in five sections) that has to be seen to be believed,
each popup being shown on each pair of pages along with background text
relating to each subject. The five sections are: "The Oceans", "Ocean
Locomotion", "Undersea Homes", "Armed and Dangerous" and ""Eat of Be Eaten"
The Oceans - has four pop ups on the same page.
The top and best shows a humpback whale leaping out of the water and is
subtitled "Thar She Blows". There is also a blue whale with a scuba
diver beside to give scale, a giant squid and a small one with fish and
coral and also an acetate that pops up over even more fish and coral to
give the illusion of a coral reef. In addition, there is a picture
of a turtle with its body textured to feel like a leatherback and the reader
is encouraged to feel the texture. Additional background information
is also given on a board that can be slid out from under the right hand
page - in fact there boards are repeated in all sections.
Ocean Locomotion - has a popup manta ray with flying
fish and dolphins, in addition, there is also a series of acetates of a
fish which as you peel back each layer takes you from as to see the fish
in the sea to the organs on layer 2 and finally to the bones on layer 3.
There is also a "scratch and sniff" pad that did smell "fishy" but has
long since lost its aroma on my copy.
Undersea homes - when opened reveals a lovely coral reef
with an emperor angel fish, lion fish, grouper, parrot fish, sergeant major
fish and many more. On the bottom right, there is another smaller pop up
with acetates which simulates a rock pool.
Armed and Dangerous - has a main feature of an American
lobster that literally "jumps" out of the page and also details other stinging
animals under the sea like lion fish, stone fish and jellyfish are featured
but not popup. There is also a little rotating wheel which when turned
makes a puffer fish swell. Eat or be Eaten - has a main pop-up of an octopus
which again "jumps" out of the page. This time, there's flaps to
open revealing a small popup viper fish and a popup shark under another.
In all this is a fascinating book, aimed at juveniles
but I think would appeal the the more "mature" juvenile (at heart that
||TITANIC - SHIP OF DREAMS
Written by Duncan Crosbie. Paper engineered by Keith
Finch and Tony Potter.
Produced by Tony Potter Publishing, West Sussex, UK,
Published by Orchard Books, and imprint of Scholastic,
Broadway, New York.
|Hardcover with haliographic image of vessel,
(very hard cover!), large format slightly landscape 31 x 26 cm); paper
engineered: pop-ups, fold-outs, sliders, pasted in postcaards and mini-booklets.
Fifteen double page units, photographs and colour illustrations
With the Titanic Exhibition touring the world, this books
would surley be a best-seller. If my reaction is typical, I'd say it would
have just as much interest to adults as it would for juveniles. We
start off with a simple pop-up of the bow of the vessel, included more
for artictic appeal than of knowledge value, followed by departure information
and material such as baggage labels, booking confiormation letter, and
a sailing poster.A fold-down flap provides a ‘pop-ou' of sorts showing
the deck levesl of the stern section of the ship. The journey commences
with a near miss of collision, more photographs and fold-downs of the passenger
cabins. A massive 70cm pop-up of simple paper engineering gives is a coloured
drawing of the whole ship. The engines are described, and a mini-booklet
of ‘More Facts about Morse Code' included. Then we have a rather magnificent
pop-out of priviledged First-class passengers descending the Grand Staircase.
The fatal collision is depicted with a pleasant pop-out, and a flip-ver
showing the holds filling with water. As her stern rises high in the water,
a basic pop-out shows crowded lifeboats pulling away. As she goes
down, the vessel is shown in a number of illustrations over the period
of her sinking. The rescue includes another fold-out. Finally, we
have uncredited photographs of her bow, a section of the vesel and plates,
as she sits on the seabed after rediscovery. [ps]
Illustrated by: Peter Fiore. Paper Engineering by: Tor
Published by: The National Geographic Society in 1995.
|Hard back illustrated cover - 10 pages (not
(Pages include inside of front and back cover)
Dimensions: 23.5 cms tall by 22.5 cms wide.
Published in the "National Geographic Society", the book
has popups and pull tabs on every pair of viewed pages. It starts
with the ancient wreck of the Uluburn (1300 BC), The Vasa,
a section covering Spanish Galleons, Port Royal and the Titanic.
The Uluburn popup depicts the wreck sinking while there is a multi-layered
tab that depicts how the relics were found and excavated on the sea bed.
The Vasa popup is of the image of the ship before it sank and there are
three "lift up" tabs and a "pull tab". The first when lifted show
the Vasa and the higher you lift the tab, the more it sinks down into the
water just like it is sinking while the second if lifted depicts a canon
port and as the flap is lifted higher, the cannon comes out further from
the gunport. The pull tab when moved shows the Vasa being lifted
between two barges. The section labelled "Spanish Galleons"
has a popup depicting a stash of treasure on the seabed with a large moray
eel that comes out further the widerthe page is opened and there's a flap
that when lifts depicts an air lift working. Port Royal's popup depicts
Swan floating over the tops of buildings when the tragedy happened
while there's a flap when lifted reveals a gallery of pirates that frequented
Port Royal. Finally, the Titanic popup reveals the ship in its final
throws of sinking with the stern rising up out of the water and lifeboats
in the foreground. [pt]
Designed by: John Strejan. Illustrated by: Terry Pastor
Paper Engineering by: James Roger Diaz
Published by: Methuen/Walker Books, Fetter Lane, London
|Hard back, illustrated covers - 12 pages (not numbered)
(Includes inside front and back covers)
Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 18 cms wide
Not the best of paper engineered popups but never the
less, it is still a nice books to own in a diving book collection.
Each double page opens up to show a different underwater scene:
1. In 1963 it shows Jacques Cousteau's steel and plexiglass
yellow circular submarine On top of the popup submarine is a tab
to lift which reveals the inside and two submariners laid on their fronts
looking forward. 2. Reveals an air lift in use by two divers and
two lifting bags taking a cannon to the surface. Moving a tab reveals
gold coins under the air lift and the text describes the recovery of Spanish
treasure presumably from something like the Atocha? 3. There are dolphins
swimming around a submarine and when a tab is pulled, the dolphin "sonar"
is seen working. The text explains this in a simplistic way. 4. The
popup reveals three atmospheric suits which according to the text are working
at 600 metres in a "WASP" and "JIM" suit. Pulling a flap reveals
how the diver works inside the suit while the text explains in a simple
way about the submersibles. 5. Shows and discusses living in an underwater
habitat like "Tektite" and possible problems encountered living at a depth
of 15 metres for two months at a time. There is a simple popup diver
filming a shark and there's a tab to pull that makes the shark turn towards
the diver. 6. Looks at possible futures with "tourists" in a glass and
ceramic submersible and possibly descending as far as 11,000 metres?
||WHALES - MIGHTY GIANTS OF THE SEA
Illustrated by: Ned & Rosalie Seidler.
|Paper Engineers: James Roger Diaz.
Published by: National Geographic in 1996.
Hard back illustrated covers; 12 paged (not numbered).
(Including inside of the front and back covers)
Dimensions: 23.5 cms tall by 22.5 cms wide
Published by the National Geographic Society , each pair
of pages viewed has a pop up and usually a pull tab or flap to lift. The
first popup seen is the tail of a whale as if it is making a dive, there
is a secondary small popup showing Belugas. There's a pull tab that
makes a susu dolphin from the rivers in India swim across the page.
Finally, details are shown of narwhals in the Arctic. The next main popup
is of a mother grey whale pushing her calf to the surface of the water
while below a garibaldi fish is seen amongst giant kelp. The right
hand page which is folded inwards shows a sperm whale diving towards a
giant squid and when opened out, reveals a popup with a giant squid in
the mouth of the sperm whale. There's a tab to pull which reveals
the tail of a killer whale and when pulled further, the whale breaks surface
and water is seen from its blow hole. The third main popup is a minke
whale breaking the surface of the water, jaws wide open after taking crill
while surfacing. There's also a tab that opens the jaws of a killer
whale to feed on a fish. There's a couple of flaps that reveal a
humpback taking crill when surfacing while the other shows exactly what
crill is. The next shows a humpback breaking the surface and another pull
tab re-creates the tail of the whale as it is diving. The last popup shows
a pod of dolphins while the two tabs pulled produce a pilot whale appearing
to the surface and the other literally make spinner dolphins spin. The
final page opens up to more than double the book width opened out to reveal
a blue whale and her calf. The tail and calf being popup. [pt]
||WHAT LIVES UNDER THE SEA
Illustrated by: Pam Johnson
Paper Engineering by: David A Carter and John Strejan
Published by: Child's Play International Ltd, UK in 1985.
(Published in the "Pop-Up Science Book" series.)
|Hardback with illustrated covers - 10 printed pages (not
Dimensions: 23 cms tall by 17.5 cms wide
A very simplistic popup book that is really aimed at
the yoiner child as it says on the back cover in the summary of the book
contents that this book introduces young children to an underwater world.
The book is divided into five pairs of double pages, each containing a
popup or other feature, each of a different subject matter.
1. Shows a blue whale with a calf, dolphins and tuna.
2. The Seashorehas a simple popup crab that also has a pull tab if pulled
makes the claws move to a sand dollar. 3. The Coral Reef has a popup built
up in layers showing various filsh like parrot fish, lion fish, grouper,
moray and octopus as well as various corals. Again there's a tab
to pull that makes a shoal of blue fish move across the page. 4. The Open
Seahas a flying fish, porpoise and sailfish on a popup. Other fish
illustrated include giant squid, manta ray, shatks, turtle and jelly fish.
This time there's two pull tabs, one makes the sailfishjump in a circular
motion while the second makes the squid and turtle move. 5. The Deep Sea
has no popup, just a rotating wheel and five doors to open. The wheel
changes the view out of the window of a bathyscape, revealing viperfish,
anglerfish, black swallower, lanternfish and stomiatoid as rotated.
The five flaps show the outside and inside of various things like a shell
with a hermit crab, under the sand with a starfish, the oyster shell with
a pearl, inside seaweed is a lobster and a moray inside the coral.