Come to the construction site and try your hand at operating the big machines with the help of amazing pop-ups, pull-out play pieces, and plenty more.
When is a pop-up book not a pop-up book? When itís also a play space, promising hours of fun! Master paper engineer Robert Crowther has outdone himself with this celebration of captivating machines, each commanding its own space: a dump truck, bulldozer, tractor, forklift, and tower crane. Included on each spread:
- One giant pop-up machine with movable parts (and some smaller machines, too)
- A fascinating description of what the machine is and what it can do
- A fact file of cool details such as measurements and weights
- A pouch containing pull-out, easy-to-construct items such as boxes and bricks
- Tips on how to work the big machine ó and get busy playing! (Sound effects to be happily provided by users.)
Load and tip a dumper truck, or plough a field with the tractor. Find out why giant cranes don't fall over and figure out how bulldozers flatten roads. From farms and factories to quarries and building sites, big machines are everywhere. Here are 28 of the most amazing.
About the Author
Robert Crowther was born in Leeds in 1948. His father was a commercial traveller and the family moved many times around the north-east during Robertís childhood. He was interested in drawing from an early age, particularly detailed scenes packed with characters. While still at school, he produced illustrations for The Three Little Pigs for Yorkshire Schools Television. On leaving school, he went to art college, eventually taking an MA at the Royal College of Art.
It was while at the Royal College of Art that Robert became interested in pop-ups. ďI just loved the way things came alive when you did them in 3-D,Ē he says. Another of his college projects was to create a self-portrait in biscuit, which led to his being commissioned to make biscuit portraits of the Dutch royal family and a guest appearance on BBC TVís The Generation Game! After college, he worked as a freelance designer for Madame Tussaudís and other leisure venues, before becoming a full-time childrenís book creator. Father of two and grandfather of three, Robert now lives in a Norfolk village with seven ponds and a lot of ducks!
Robert produced his first book, The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Alphabet Book while still at college. It was published in 1977 and became an instant bestseller, revolutionizing the world of novelty books. "I didnít think I could get it printed, because there were a lot more mechanics than in other books at the time. Normally books only had six pop-ups; mine had twenty-six!" Over the following decades Robert has produced numerous novelty books, earning him international acclaim and the affectionate moniker "Mr Pop-up". He regularly gives pop-up workshops and demonstrations in schools, libraries and festivals throughout the UK and in the USA.
In 2010 Robert has painted two deckchair canvasses to be exhibited, along with other illustrators, in different venues around Suffolk before being auctioned to raise money for the St. Elizabeth Hospice, in Ipswich.