Meggendorfer Prize Finalists 2016

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2016 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 2016 award winner was Shawn Sheehy’s Welcome to the Neighborwood, a delightful exploration of the homes and habitats of seven woodland creatures. Other finalists included quite a few children’s books with French title That’s My Hat (Boisrobert & Rigaud), the German Small World of Paper Toys (Lo Monaco), an exploration of the world of the Disney Princess (Reinhart), fairytale adventure The Dragon & The Knight (Sabuda) and folktale The Mitten (Yeretskaya); some architectural titles with a look inside The White House (Foster), sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail (Price), and an international collection of landmarks in Legendary Routes of the World (Tavernier); a collection of tabletop bouquets with Paper Blossoms, Butterflies and Birds (Marshall); some 3D Dalí artworks (McCarthy); and two pop culture fantasy world explorations with Game of Thrones (Reinhart) and The Walking Dead (Zerkin & Hawcock).

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Winner of the 2016 Meggendorfer Award

sheehy welcome to the neighborwood 2016

2016 Prize - Welcome to the Neighborwood

A delightful nature exploration of seven animal builders, displaying the beauty and wonder of their homes, from delicate spiderwebs to complex honeycombs, as well as exploring the relationships between them.

Paper engineer: Shawn Sheehy
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: March 2015

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ISBN: 9780763665944

List of 2016 Finalists

That's My Hat (French: Oh ! Mon chapeau)

Readers follow a playful monkey thief who stole a hat on an adventure through a pop-up city full of surprises.

Paper engineers: Anick Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (Eng), Helium (Fr)
Publication date: Feb 2016 (Eng), Nov 2014 (Fr)

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➤ Find French edition at Amazon

ISBN: 9780500650578

The White House Pop-Up Book

Unfolds in three dimensions to reveal the distinctive portico of the White House on the building’s north side, and an opportunity to peer into eight separate rooms on the Ground Floor and the State Floor on the other. Includes accurate hand-painted depictions of the legendary rooms, complete with their historic treasures. An envelope of extras provides an illustrated history booklet and die-cut pieces to assemble bonus elements, including a Christmas tree for the Blue Room, the famous eagle piano for the East Room, and a model of the president’s helicopter Marine One.

Paper engineer: Bruce Foster, written and illustrated by Chuck Fischer
Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
Publication date: 2014

☞ Not to be confused with Foster and Fischer’s similarly titled earlier book The White House: A Pop-Up Book (2004)

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

ISBN: 9781938700248

The Small World of Paper Toys

Simple shapes and vivid colors bring classic toys such as a red fire truck, a baby bassinet, and a farmer’s tractor to three-dimensional life as a young child gives voice to their stories.

Paper engineer: Gérard Lo Monaco, translated by Noelia Hobeika
Publisher: Die Little Gestalten
Publication date: 2015

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

ISBN: 9783899557466

Paper Blossoms, Butterflies & Birds: A book of beautiful bouquets for the table

A collection of four pop-up bouquet “centrepieces” including a butterfly garden, a hummingbird’s arbor, a branch of orchids and a vase of tulips.

In series with Paper Blossoms.

Paper engineer: Ray Marshall
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: 2014

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

ISBN: 9781452113913

Dalí Pop-Ups

Produced in association with the Dalí estate, this book brings some of the most surreal and celebrated paintings of Salvador Dalí to spectacular three-dimensional life across seven spreads.

Paper engineer: Courtney Watson McCarthy, artwork by Salvadore Dalí, text by Martin Howard
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 2014

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

ISBN: 9780500517505

Freedom Trail: Pop-Up Book of Boston

A pop-up book to commemorate Boston’s Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile discovery tour of the city’s integral role in the dawn of American independence. 

Paper engineer: Denise D. Price
Publisher: White Dharma Ltd
Publication date: 2015

➤ OOP. Find it at Amazon | Abes | eBay

ISBN: 9780990778103

Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World

A romantic collection of key moments from eleven Disney princess films leap from each page – join Cinderella as she transforms for the ball, Jasmine as she embarks on a magic carpet ride, Aurora as she pricks her finger on Maleficent’s spinning wheel and is saved by her prince, and Merida as she bravely fights to decide her own destiny.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart
Publisher: Insight Editions
Publication date: Dec 2015

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ISBN: 9781608875535

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

Inspired by the book and tv show, five stunning pop-up spreads recreate key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King’s Landing, and the stark majesty of The Wall.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart, illustrated by Michael Komarck
Publisher: Insight Editions (US) / Bantam Press (UK)
Publication date: Jun 2014

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

ISBN US: 9781608873142
ISBN UK: 9780593073452

The Dragon & The Knight: A Pop-Up Misadventure

A delightful and humorous pop-up fairy tale adventure, in which a Dragon and a Knight race through the worlds of all the classic stories–from Rapunzel to Aladdin, to Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and more.

Paper engineer: Robert Sabuda
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: Jan 2014

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ISBN: 9781416960812

Legendary Routes of the World: A Pop-Up Book (French: Voyages et route de légend: un livre animé)

A pop-up journey through some of the planet’s most famous itineraries, including the pioneering Aéropostale (the first French airborne mail delivery system that connected France with South America); the transatlantic single-handed yacht race dubbed the Rhum Route; the Silk Road connecting the Asian continent’s east and west through trade; Route 66 in the United States, which is ingrained in popular culture as the setting for countless travel narratives; and the impressive lunar expedition of 1969. Each spread is also accompanied with interesting facts and anecdotes.

Paper engineer: Sarah Tavernier, text by Alexandre Verhille & Sarah Tavernier, translated by David Henry Wilson
Publisher: Little Gestalten
Publication date: 2015

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ISBN: 9783899557596

The Mitten: A Classic Pop-Up Folktale

A boy’s lost mitten is discovered by a group of curious woodland animals in this sweet pop-up and movable retelling of the classic Ukranian folk tale.

Paper engineer: Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, illustrated by Pippa Curnick, text by Jessica Southwick
Publisher: Jumping Jack Press
Publication date: 2016

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ISBN: 9781623481537

The Walking Dead Pop-Up Book

Lurking within the blood-spattered pages of this pop-up based on the popular TV show are more than twenty ingeniously crafted pop-ups that add a horrifying new dimension to the series. Experience the terror of “Bicycle Girl” reaching out with her decaying arms; the ravenous walker hordes crowding the streets of Atlanta; Michonne’s deadly katana skills; and the horror of a walker feeding frenzy. Plus, go inside memorable locations including the battle-torn West Georgia Correctional Facility, Hershel Greene’s doomed farm, and the gut-wrenching secrets of Terminus.

Paper engineer: Becca Zerkin & David Hawcock, illustrated by Sally Elizabeth Jackson, text by S. D. Perry
Publisher: Insight Editions
Publication date: 2015

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ISBN: 9781608874446

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