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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Inspiration: A Pop-up Book by Ron van der Meer

Release Date - September 2013

Tango Books

Book Review by Bob Walch

Although this is considered a children’s novelty, I believe this particular pop-up book would probably be more appreciated by an older audience. Paper engineer Ron van der Meer pulls out all the stops here to create a complex series of pop-ups that dazzle the eye.

Van der Meer finds his inspiration in six Chinese proverbs that are intended to inspire and uplift the reader. The paper sculpture for each proverb is not only appealing and rather intricate, but obviously the intent is to offer a little inspiration to the viewer as well.

The proverbs range from Count not what is lost, but what is left,” “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere,” to “If there is a wave there must be wind.”

This blending of ancient Chinese wisdom with cutting edge, bright, bold, paper engineering is a must purchase for anyone who collects books of this nature. These pages will hopeful awaken curiosity in young readers while, with an older audience, they will elicit a real appreciation of van der Meer’s imagination and skill.

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