pop-up books: book analysis



i decided to analyze the pop-up version of the lorax, by dr. seuss (with pop-ups done by david a. carter).

overall, the structure of the book seems to primarily be made up of horizontal v folds and scenery flats, which makes it an appropriate choice considering that we learned how to make these last class.  each page has one major pop-up that is constructed from a horizontal v that spans the width of the page.  often, there are box supports that enable additional images to extend out of these horizontal vs, and sometimes there are additional v folds nested within the same page.

carter also makes use of having smaller folds within each page that can then be folded out for further pop-up elements.

more detailed analysis after the break:


main pop up: - wide horizontal v (landscape) - tall horizontal v (building) - multiple box supports making up the street sign, boy reaching for the bucket, and structures of the building - string used as a decorative element - roof attached to one side of the tall horizontal v that gives a 3-dimensional effect

side pop up: - thin curly strip that just seems to be attached to different sides of the fold that unwraps as the fold is opened


main pop up: - large horizontal v (with box supports/triangle folds supporting the additional trees in front of it) - 2 smaller horizontal v folds nested outside of the larger one - an element attached to a stick on the middle horizontal v, which seems to have string wound around it that is connected to the smallest horizontal v. when the fold is opened, the string unravels, making the element spin.

there are also examples of a pull-tab and a dial on this page.


main pop up: - 3 large nested horizontal v folds. the lorax is also on an asymmetrical v fold and is forced up through a slit. - the axe is on a triangle fold which functions as a pivot.

side pop ups: - left: horizontal v with box supports for additional pop ups. - right: floating layer connected to a pivot element (where the pivot is hidden from view).


main pop up: - horizontal v with box supports allowing for additional elements.

side pop ups: - left: 2 small horizontal v folds in the back; floating layer in the center; horizontal v in front (connected to the floating layer with string as a decorative element). - right: small triangle fold with a small lorax attached.


main pop up: - 2 page width horizontal vs. - the axes sticking out seem to be box supports which are not attached to the bottom of the page.

side pop up: - this seems to be controlled by a pull tab that's attached beneath the bush, and is automatically pulled when the fold is opened.


main pop up: - a series of horizontal vs make up the shape of the factory. - the birds are on a pivot/triangle fold connected to the back horizontal v. - the front is a box support which is connected to the highway element. - the highway has additional length hidden underneath the page, which is pulled up and elongates the road when the fold is opened. - the cars on the highway aren't attached to the main pop up elements, but are forced to stand up because they have been passed through slits on the road. so, as the road stands up, so do the cars. - string is used as a decorative element.


main pop up: - one horizontal v scenery flat that has several elements attached to it. - the back of the mixer folds in an opposite direction from the main fold, which allows for the 3-dimensional elements to pop up inside. - multiple box supports that serve as decorative elements (the pipes).

side pop ups: - top: 2 pivots that allow the fish to jump up. - bottom: a box support that conceals a pivot that allows the tree to peek out from behind.


main pop up: - 2 horizontal v folds. - multiple box supports in front of and behind the horizontal vs. - the lorax is attached to the back most box support and is forced through a slit in the scenery flat in front. as the back element pops up, the lorax is pulled across the scenery flat.

side pop up: - a small triangle fold/pivot.

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