Meggendorfer Prize Finalists 2014

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2014 Meggendorfer Pop-Up Book Award Finalists


Every two years, the Movable Book Society honors the very best in paper engineering through its Meggendorfer Awards program. The 2014 finalists range from science fiction wonders (with the winner Transformers, Marvel Super Heroes vs Villains, and a journey through the Star Wars galaxy), many works aimed at children (NumeroFunny Birds, Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, The Nutcracker, and The Lorax), and a few non-fiction titles exploring the natural world (America’s National Parks and Oceano) and the arts (Gaudi Pop-Ups). Special credit to paper engineers Matthew Reinhart and Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, who both appeared twice in the list this year!

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Winner of the 2014 Meggendorfer Award

transformers pop up book cover 2013

2014 Prize - Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe

Transformers shift, change, and rise to battle, including pull-tabs that let you watch the pop-ups cleverly change into entirely different paper creations, just like the originals. The enormous Autobot Omega Supreme seems almost too tall to fit back into the book as he rises to smash the Decepticons. Features more than 35 iconic Transformers characters, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, and more.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart, illustrated by Emiliano Santalucia
Publisher: Little Brown Kids
Publication date: October 2013

ISBN 2013: 9780316186629
ISBN 2023: 9781647229542

➤ Original edition OOP. Find original at Amazon | Abes | eBay

➤ Reprinted 2023. Find reprint at Amazon | Book Depository

List of 2014 Finalists

America's National Parks

A coastal journey featuring 18 of America’s national parks, with six iconic locations brought to live as double-page pop-ups: Everglades, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite. Additional tributes to park action spring to life in mini-booklet pops as part of the 3D journey through these natural wonders.

Paper engineer: Bruce Foster, illustrated by Dave Ember, text by Don Compton
Publisher: W. W. West, Inc
Publication date: Apr 2013

ISBN: 9780975896037

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

Funny Birds (French: Drôle D'oiseau)

A whimsical and vibrant journey through a world of avian wonders that showcases a cacophony of colorful birds as they joyfully flutter, dance, and dive off the pages. 

Paper engineer: Philippe UG
Publisher: Prestel
Publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9783791371474

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

Gaudí Pop-Ups

Each page unfolds to reveal seven intricate pop-up examples of Gaudí’s most iconic works brought to 3D life, from the undulating walls of Casa Batlló to the soaring spires of Sagrada Família.

Paper engineer: Courtney Watson McCarthy, art by Antoni Gaudí
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9780500516508

➤ Find it at Amazon | Waterstones | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Egielski’s whimsical art style captures both the familiarity of the rhyme and the magic of nature’s cycles, while the pop-ups bring the action vividly to life with intricate paper constructions on every page: watch as the baseball-cap-wearing spider literally climbs up the water spout, before being deluged by raindrops as down comes the rain. 

Paper engineer: Gene Vosough, story by Richard Egielski
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: Sep 2012

ISBN: 9781416998952

➤ Find it at Amazon | B&N | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

The Little Mermaid

All the key moments from the beloved story are turned into soaring, multi-layered marvels across five double-page spreads, accompanied by more pop-ups in the booklets also  attached to the pages. It includes the original, darker-than-Disney, ending, where the Mermaid dissolves into foam as she gains an immortal soul.

Paper engineer: Robert Sabuda, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Little Simon / Simon & Schuster
Publication date: Oct 2013

ISBN: 9781471118586 (UK) | 9781416960805 (US)

➤ Find US edition at Amazon | B&N | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

➤ Find UK edition at Amazon | Waterstones | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

The Lorax Pop-Up

Dr Seuss’s powerful environmental message is transformed into three dimensions, and brought to life through eight dynamic spreads featuring the Lorax, the Bar-ba-loots, the Truffula Tree Tufts, and more.

Paper engineer: David A. Carter, story and illustrations by Dr Seuss
Publisher: Robin Corey Books
Publication date: Jan 2012

ISBN: 9780375860355

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

Marvel Super Heroes vs Villains: An Explosive Pop-Up of Rivalries

The pages burst to life showcasing iconic confrontations between beloved heroes and their formidable foes. Each spread features original artwork by comics masters, including: Spider-man vs. Venom by Greg Horn; Iron Man vs. Mandarin by Christian Nauck; Fantastic Four vs. Doctor Doom by Alex Ross; Captain America vs. Red Skull by Dave Dorman; Hulk vs. Abomination by Joe Jusko; Thor vs. Loki by Amanda Conner; X-Men vs. Magneto by Leinel Yu; and Wolverine vs. Sabretooth by Jim Lee. The spreads include flaps and pull tabs with additional pop-ups and information about the characters and their origin stories.

Paper engineer: Yevgeniya Yeretskaya
Publisher: Jumping Jack Press
Publication date: Jul 2012

ISBN: 9781605807744

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay


This creative twist on the classic counting book reveals how the simplest shapes – just a single line and a circle – become the building blocks for every number. With each turn of a page, the simple shapes that make up the digits 0 and 1 pop from the page and slide into place to form 2, then 3, all the way up to 10.

Paper engineer: Marion Bataille
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9781452125855

➤ OOP. Buy from Amazon | Abes | eBay

➤ Buy French edition, Numéro, from Amazon

The Nutcracker: A Magic Theatre Book

Christmas characters to dance into life as they step out of intricately die-cut panels when turning the pages, creating a magical “theater” effect.

Paper engineer: Alan Brown & Julia Froehlich, illustrated by Kristina Swarner, story adapted by Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher: Chronicle Books (US), Walker Books (UK)
Publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9781452106694 (US), 9781406340426 (UK)

➤ OOP. Find US edition at Amazon | Abes | eBay

➤ OOP. Find UK edition at Amazon | Abes | eBay

Oceano (English: Under the Ocean)

With each turn of the page of this tall format book, readers are introduced to the wonders and mysteries of marine life brought vividly to life through intricate paper engineering. The ocean’s majesty and its delicate ecosystems are cleverly captured with paper dioramas both above and below the ocean made visible.

Paper engineer: Anouck Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud
Publisher: Cottaini Edizioni (Italian) / Helium (French) / Tate (English)
Publication date: Feb 2013

ISBN: 9781849761598

➤ Find it at Amazon | B&N | Waterstones | Blackwells | Abes | eBay

➤ Find French edition Océano at Amazon

Snow Queen: A Pop-Up Adaptation of a Classic Fairy Tale

Every page unfolds to reveal intricate, icy tableaux that bring the enchanting world of the Snow Queen to life in breathtaking three-dimensional detail. 

Paper engineer: Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, story by Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Jumping Jack Press
Publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9781605809557

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure

Turning the Star Wars universe into an interactive tactile experience, this fabulous pop-up journey through the galaxy even includes a working lightsaber!

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart, text by Lucasfilm, designs by Chelsea Donaldson & Jessica Tice-Gilbert
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9780545176163

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay


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