And now for something completely different...pop-up books.

Do you remember pop-up books? There has always been something about seeing book illustrations in 3D that gave me a thrill even as an adult. One of the best pop-ups ever is the bestselling "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and pop-up afficionados will recognize the name Robert Sabuda, possibly the greatest pop-up artist of our time.


While I'm not a huge fan of Transformers (they seemed to exist everywhere in my house when the kids were growing up) this upcoming book from one of my former employers is kind of neat: a pop-up Transformers book. 


The book is kind of pricey - most quality pop-ups run around $30, this is set for $37 and an undefined "special edition" will cost $300. Perhaps that will come with a real, full-sized transformer to read it to you. 


Buried in my collection are one or two pop-ups from the 1930s and 1940s, notably the Jolly Jump Ups, about a family and their various adventures. I hope to do a column for Washington Times Communities section on pop-ups in the near future.