Pop-Up Books Become Newest Florida Atlantic U Library Collection

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A college library might not be the first place you'd look to find colorful pop-up books of Charlie Brown, Darth Vader and the X-Men.

But Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library has become a showroom for these colorful, movable, three-dimensional creations. The university's Arthur Jaffe Center for Book Arts has received a collection of about 450 pop-up titles during the past year, including some of the most popular and unusual books ever produced.

Many are on display on three floors of the library through Aug. 12, while the rest are housed inside the Jaffe Center on the library's third floor. The center specializes in hand-crafted books as well as books that double as artwork, so pop-up books are a good fit, center director John Cutrone said.

One of the most popular items in the collection is "Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy," a best-seller in which Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker hold light sabers that actually illuminate. There are many children's classics, including "Alice in Wonderland," "Moby Dick," "Peter Pan" and "The Wizard of Oz." There are also some rare works as well, including a 1932 pop-up edition of "Pinocchio."

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