Archive for August, 2011

Whats Popped Up: Rescue and Pets are released

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Tomorrow is a big day here at the studio.  Matthew Reinhart’s newest pop-up books will be released to bookstores across the world!

Puppies, Kittens and Other Pop-up Pets pairs fun rhymes with big bold pop-ups and pull tabs.  Young readers will get to learn about six different pets that you would find at home.

Rescue: Pop-up Emergency Vehicles shows you five different rescue vehicles and the heroes that operate them to help save the day.

This new pop-up series features Reinhart’s colorful cut-paper collage across five spreads.  The 8-inch square softcover books are made from thicker glossy paper and were designed specifically for curious little hands.  For many years, we have wanted to create simpler books for a younger reader and we are excited that the day has finally come when we can offer that you for under $7.  So get to your favorite booksellers to order your copies today!

~Kyle

Vintage Moveable Review: There is no escape

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Love is in the air around the studio so I thought I would feature another antique valentine.  Like most mass-market valentine cards, this little guy speaks for itself.  Which is a good thing, since I have no information on this piece.  Measuring 3” wide by 5” tall this Valentine is a typical of the cards constructed in the early 1900’s.  It is diecut out of one piece of stiff card and appears to be chromolithography.  The mechanic is the standard single box layer, in this case of a creepy kid with a flower wreath bearing the label “Love’s Joy”. The child with the pageboy haircut and piercing eyes is kneeling before the viewer in front of what appears to be an arch or upside down horseshoe of hearts.  Below the text reads, “There’s no escape my Valentine.  I have your Heart and you have mine.”

A little spooky right?  On the reverse we find that the pop-up has been patched but can still read the inscription: “To Margaret Munden. From Pearl Ganes.”  Looks like Pearl practiced in pencil before moving to the blue fountain pen.  I was excited to receive this card, but I always wondered how Margaret felt about the sentiment in this love token

~Kyle