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A Serious Collection of Fun Books: Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda

portrait of Robert SabudaOf all the contemporary paper engineers, Robert Sabuda is undoubtedly the most familiar to a general audience.

book cover of Winter in White with a snowman tipping his hat

His pop-up interpretations of The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, and other titles have appeared on New York Times bestseller lists and have earned many book awards. 


His books typically merge simple paper folds into elaborate, even virtuoso pop-up structures that appeal to children as well as adults. He often works in collaboration with his partner, the talented Matthew Reinhart, crafting books like The Movable Mother Goose and Dinosaurs. Despite his reputation as a consummate illustrator and paper engineer, he views his work as unadulterated fun and his achievements with modesty. “I just hope that as many other readers enjoy the delightful and surprising worlds I create between two pages as much as I do,” he once said in an interview.  “How lucky am I to be able to do this every day?”