Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Book Talk!

At the end of the month [September 23-25] is the biennial Moveable Book Society Conference in Portland, OR and  if I could attend, I would, however, I can place my vote for the Meggendorfer Prize.

Nope, not going to tell you which one I voted for, but I will tell you about the prize and past winners.

First of all the prize is named after Lothar Meggendorfer [1847-1925], a German illustrator and writer known for great pop-ups, and is awarded for outstanding paper engineering to the paper engineer who has published the outstanding pop-up or movable book in the two preceding years.  Two years worth of pop-up/moveable books is a hard grouping to narrow down to just one, but past winners have been:

1996 - New Brunswick - no award

1998 Los Angeles - Robert Sabuda - The Christmas Alphabet

2000 New York - Robert Sabuda - Cookie Count

2002 Milwaukee - Robert Sabuda - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2004 San Diego - Andrew Baron - Knick-Knack Paddywhack!

2006 Chicago - David Carter - One Red Dot

2008 Washington, D.C. - Matthew Reinhart - Star Wars
I have had two fan-girl moments in my life and they were meeting David Carter at BEA [signed my ARC - advanced reader copy in this case which is a single pop-up - of One Red Dot] and Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart at a book event [Great Read in the Park] in Bryant Park [signed my copy of Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up].

Who knows who will win this year because the list is full of gems, but whoever does, I recommend you gift one to someone this holiday season!

Soon to be released pop-ups that are on my list to check out are:

Frankenstein by Sam Ita [TODAY!]
Renaissance Art by David Hawcock [October 5]
Beauty and the Beast by Robert Sabuda [October 19]
Aesop's Fables  by Kees Moerbeek [October 26]
A Christmas Carol by Chuck Fischer [November 10]


practimom said...

Frankenstein as a pop up? I love it!

Tilly Greene said...

Frakenstein, Dracula, 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea - there are some great ones out there :-)