Conversation with David A. Carter

Monday, January 12, 2009.

There’s something about pop-up books, and books with tabs, levers and dials; they make a two dimensional book extend into the world of the child in a way that makes the opposite seem true.  The book literally explodes off the page.

You’ve probably had experiences with pop-up and movable books.  And then there’s the Bug Books.  Have you seen those before?  They present textures and other tactile experiences to the reader.

David A. Carter is an author, illustrator and perhaps most importantly, a paper engineer.  He makes those interactive experiences a reality.  A creator of more than sixty books including The Elements of Pop-Up, a veritable how-to guide for aspiring pop-up artists.

David Carter joins Mark to speak about an art that has largely been about reverse engineering and apprenticing on this edition of Just One More Book!!

David Carter’s top-10 pop-ups not including his own work (some of these are out of print):

David Carter’s top-3 works of his own:

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Comment by metimoteo

January 6, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

David A. Carter has inspired me to create large murals that pay respect to his color series. My greatest hope is that he’ll come see what I’ve done and meet the children at my school with whom I’ve shared his amazing works. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to speak with him and share his personal story with us.

Comment by Scarlett

May 22, 2012 @ 8:51 am

Mr. Carter thank you for this book (Bugs That Go Bump In The Night). Sometimes bugs go into my room but I like reading it at night anyway.

Comment by Bo

May 22, 2012 @ 8:52 am

My favorite is the bug house!

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