Despite the fact that most modern pop-up books are geared towards children, it wasn’t until I reached adulthood that my fetish for them truly blossomed. Pop-ups were originally developed for adults in the 13th century to illustrate scientific and mathematic principles, and in the years since then artists, scientists, philosophers and book designers have continued this art form and in doing so, challenged the traditional books bibliographic boundaries. No genre of the written word can even begin to match the prodigious imagination and artistic skill that go into the creation and handcrafting of these works. This particular piece, obviously marketed towards adults, is the latest in my collection. Americans as a whole love their gossip magazines, but when set side by side with this book, People, Us Weekly, Star and OK! become nothing but flat and lifeless rages. I mean, you can’t pull tabs on their pages to make Tom Cruise leap up and down like a hyperactive monkey, can you?
Ashley Moye, Serials Librarian
The Pop-up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns / by Melcher Media
From the makers of the cult classic Pop-Up Book of Phobias comes a satirical celebration of celebrities gone wild. Everyone has a bad day now and then. But when superstars fall apart in public, it’s international news! The Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns puts you front and center as ten of the most spectacular public crack-ups of our day unfold before your eyes. Open the page to trigger a wardrobe malfuntion and watch as Janet Jackson bares all at the Super Bowl . . . Pull the tab and see Tom Cruise leap up on Oprah’s couch like an excited puppy . . . From the aerial view of a news copter, watch as a phalanx of squad cars pursues O. J. Simpson’s Bronco in slow motion. . . .