Mo teamed up with Bruce Foster to create the first ever “Pop Out” book. Big Frog Can’t Fit In was released this week by Hyperion and I was fortunate enough to get a copy for myself. The nine-inch by nine inch book comes in a tall resealable bag with an additional orange box that protects the dangling froggie toes from getting smashed on the bookshelf. The six spreads feature oversized pop-ups and playful pull tabs designed out of sturdy heavyweight paper. (This book has the potential to stand up to some very curious little hands.) I am also very impressed with how the positive storyline is integrated with the pop-ups. You can tell Mo and Bruce really had fun making this book.
In fact when I asked Bruce about his experience with the book and the collaboration he had this to say. “Mo was great to work with. Very funny guy. When they called me with his idea I had to slap my head like in the V-8 commercials, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!!’ Ha.”
One of my favorite details of the book involves Big Frog flashing a gold tooth as she shrinks on the page. It’s the little things like this that make the book worthy of reading over and over at bedtime. (or playtime, or anytime!)
Now that the pop-out book is out Mo and Bruce are had at work in a variety of different projects. Keep an eye on Mo’s blog to get a taste of what’s to come out of his studio. As for Bruce Foster, well he is the most prolific paper engineer I have ever met. This month FOUR new titles he paper engineered are coming out: Big Frog Can’t Fit In, The Sound of Music, Angels and the Sports Illustrated Kid's Wow! The Pop Up Book of Sports. I’m looking forward to seeing them all!