The most awesome pop-up books for adults & big kids

I had always thought that pop-up books are designed just for children, but it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Read on to discover five of the best pop-up books for adults and big kids.

Best pop-up books for adults: The Raven

The wonderful people at Abrams and Chronicle sent over this stunning illustrated copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic poem The Raven. Not only does it feature the hauntingly brilliant illustrations of Christopher Wormell, they’ve been expertly designed to jump out of the page by paper engineer David Pelham.

This pop-up edition of The Raven is a must-have for schools and Edgar Allan Poe fans alike, bringing a whole new dimension to the poem. It’s £16.99 and you can find out more about the book and where to buy it here.

Until now, I didn’t actually realise that pop-up books were ever made for teenagers, young adults or adults, so this got me thinking about what other pop-up delights there are out there. It turns out there are loads, some just as gorgeous as The Raven. Below are some of the best I spotted around the web.

Best pop-up books for adults: Harry Potter Pop-up Book

£15, Amazon

Ok, so when I say for adults I’m probably talking more about big kids in this case, but how awesome does this Harry Potter pop-up book look? It’s certainly for an older audience than your traditional pop-up book because it has some incredibly intricate paper engineering of delights such as the Hogwarts Castle and the Forbidden Forest.

Best pop-up books for adults: The Walking Dead pop-up book

£26, Amazon

Now for a pop-up book that looks utterly terrifying. I know plenty of The Walking Dead fans who’d love this (myself included!).

Best pop-up books for adults: Game of Thrones pop-up book

£26, Amazon

Likewise, this pop-up guide to Westeros will go down a treat with GoT fans.

Best pop-up books for adults: Encyclopedia Prehistorica

£20, Amazon

Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart have created a gorgeous series of pop-up books for older kids and adults called Encyclopedia Prehistorica. The series includes Mega-Beasts, Dinosaurs and Sharks. A second series called Encyclopedia Mytholocia with three pop-up books: Fairies and Magical Creatures, Gods and Heroes, and Dragons and Monsters.



  1. 17th December 2016 / 6:23 pm

    That Edgar Allan Poe pop-up book looks incredibly cool. I’ll have to investigate it more. Though I don’t think I’ll be checking out The Walking Dead one — I’m too wimpy for 3D zombies!

    • Ashleigh Allsopp
      27th December 2016 / 11:18 am

      Haha it is really cool! I think I’m a bit too wimpy for 3D Zombies too but I know a few people who’d love it. Harry Potter’s better for me 😉

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