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What’s going to be the next collectible pop-up book?

Pop-up books are getting increasingly expensive these days, so when you can save a few dollars by preordering (and support the authors and artists at the same time) it just makes sense! So to help you find the latest and greatest at the best possible price, this list includes details of the most beautiful pop-up book and paper engineering pre-orders on my radar. I’ve included those titles I think will be the most collectible, beautiful, and/or likely to be future prize winners – first printings of popular titles occasionally have extra features that are not included in later printings (if it even gets reprinted), so please do check out the books that interest you! 

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Dungeons & Dragons: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book

An innovative pop-up tour through the world of D&D, including fantasy locations such as Waterdeep and Neverwinter, and fantastical creatures such as mind flayers, dragons, mimics, owl bears, and beholders, there are easter eggs hidden behind interactive doors and flaps like beloved characters Drizzt and Guenhwyvar. Includes five detailed pop-up spreads, with text written by Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guide Series authors Jim Zub and Stacy King in conjunction with paper engineering wizard Matthew Reinhart, and featuring dozens of characters and locations rendered by Brazilian artist Claudio Pozas (whose work can also be seen in several D&D 5E books). With the new Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves film coming out in March (not to mention the surge of interest in the game from Stranger Things fans), first printings of this title are likely to disappear quickly.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart. Written by Jim Zub & Stacy King, illustrated by Claudio Pozas
Publisher: Insight Editions (US) / Titan (UK)
Anticipated release date: May 30, 2023 (US) / June 22, 2023 (UK)

Find US edition at Amazon | Book Depository
➤ Find UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

Edvard Munch Pop-Ups

Showcasing one of Modernism’s most significant artists, this book creates three-dimensional representations of The Women on the Bridge, Woman with Poppies, The Building of the Winter Studio, Children in the Forest, The Yellow Log and of course the iconic Scream, accompanied by explanatory texts and sketches by Munch.

Paper engineer: Courtney Watson McCarthy. Text by Bjørn Arild Ersland.
Publisher: Munch Museum
Anticipated release date: Jun 22, 2023

☞ In series with her other art pop-up titles, including Hokusai Pop-Ups, Leonardo Pop-Ups and Dalí Pop-Ups.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

Paws, Claws, and Snapping Jaws: A Rainforest Predators Pop-Up

An introduction to more than 20 rainforest predators from the Amazon to the Congo Basin. Spreads include an endangered Amazonian jaguar leaping out at the readers, snapping crocodiles, slithering eels, and a majestic tree canopy spilling out on the turn of a page.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart. Text by Lori C. Froeb
Publisher: Insight Editions
Anticipated release date: Sep 19, 2023

☞ In series with his other nature pop-up title Teeth, Tentacles and Tail Fins.

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third book in the Harry Potter series, richly illustrated in brilliant full colour by MinaLima and featuring eight interactive paper-engineered elements, which include unfolding the Marauder’s Map, looking inside the Knight Bus, the Grim in a teacup, a spinning Time-Turner, and more. This is a hardback with the original unabridged text accompanied by 190 full-colour illustrations (nearly every page). 

Paper engineer: MinaLima, text by JK Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic (US) / Bloomsbury (UK)
Anticipated release date: Oct 3, 2023

☞ Read more about the MinaLima Interactive Children’s Classics series.

Find US edition at Amazon | Book Depository
➤ Find UK edition at Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

➤ Signed bookplate copies of the UK edition are also available from MinaLima direct.

New York: A Pop-Up Book

A selection of New York’s most iconic settings and architectural wonders unfold in seven pop-ups contained in a charming pint-sized package (the small size is intended to make it easy to carry along while traveling). The book is designed with a retro feel and features vintage-style street maps as backgrounds for each two-page spread, which delivers an iconic building or monument accompanied by text profiling the historical background and cultural significance of the structure or scene depicted in the pop-up. The scenes include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Guggenheim Museum, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, the Freedom Tower, and the Oculus.

☞ In series with his other travel titles Paris Pop-Up and London Pop-Up.

Author/illustrator: Dominique Ehrhard
Publisher: Universe
Anticipated release date: Oct 10, 2023

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

Minecraft: The Official Pop-Up

A pop-up adventure through the world of Minecraft. Featuring five lively spreads takes on familiar characters such as creepers, zombies, and endermen, with new original illustrations bringing life to favorite biomes, caves, and dungeons. Experiences range from surviving the first night to building a unique base.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart
Publisher: Insight Editions
Anticipated release date: Oct 10, 2023

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

Garbage Pail Kids: Pop-Up Yearbook

Foul, fan-favorite Garbage Pail Kids like Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and Bony Joanie are brought to three-dimensional life in this 1980’s-style pop-up yearbook. You’ll see the kids get an education in wreaking havoc with vomit in the cafeteria, mucky experiments in science class, and stink bombs in the locker room. Also includes bonus removable, interactive GPK cards.

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart, illustrated by Joe Simko
Publisher: Insight Editions
Anticipated release date: Oct 17, 2023

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to the Creatures of the Wizarding World

A pop-up tour through the wizarding world’s boundless menagerie of magical creatures. Five intricately detailed pop-up spreads showcase creatures from the Harry Potter films in beautifully illustrated scenes that leap from the pages, accompanied by behind-the-scenes facts from the making of the film series – including fantastic beasts like the Basilisk, Buckbeak, and the Hungarian Horntail dragon. Filled with Reinhart’s signature interactive features like pull tabs and hidden pops. 

Paper engineer: Matthew Reinhart. Text by Jody Revenson
Publisher: Insight Editions
Anticipated release date: Oct 24, 2023

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

The Night Before Christmas: Deluxe Pop-Up Edition

A pop-up rendition of beautiful artwork by Charles Santore across 10 spreads, to accompany the classic Christmas Eve poem

Paper engineer: [not stated], illustrated by Charles Santore, story by Clement Moore
Publisher: Applesauce Press
Anticipated release date: Aug 27, 2024

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository

2023 Pop-Up Advent Calendars

Welcome to the Museum: A Christmas Pop-Up Advent Calendar

In conjunction with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, fans of the bestselling Welcome to the Museum series can now countdown to Christmas with this beautiful pop-up advent calendar. Inside, readers will find a beautiful pop-up tree, alongside a 28 page mini booklet detailing all the wonderful flora and fauna there is to discover during the autumn and winter months, from reindeer to red robins, and pear trees to poinsettia.

Hidden in compartments beneath it are 25 removable and displayable cardboard ornaments – including pine cones, holly leaves, cinnamon bundles and acorns.

Paper engineer: [not stated], curated by Emily Carter and Kew Museum
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Anticipated release date: Sep 14, 2023

Find it at Amazon | Book Depository


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