The Christmas Alphabet – Robert Sabuda

I recently discovered this brilliantly simple pop up book titled “The Christmas Alphabet” created by Robert Sabuda in 1994. Sabuda is a very skilled children’s pop up book maker, he has also produced other Christmas related books, as well as adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

I had a flick through and the paper moves in a well engineered way, it doesn’t just pop out at you, the paper slides together to form shapes and objects. Although most of the parts are white, the surrounding colours and the clever way the pages work make them really unique.

Sabuda has also produced Christmas Alphabet cards which reflect his book and this year New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), are distributing an additional collection of Sabuda’s cards, some of which I have included below.

Sabuda says “I think pop-ups appeal to adults because it allows them to revert back to their childhood experiences with things that amaze them. When an adult’s eyes light up when turning the pages of a pop-up I know they’ve become big kids again!”

That just about sums up why I like them! Sabuda’s website even has a page on how to make your own pop up cards! Look HERE!


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