I love popping into places. I love pop up cafes. I love pop music. I love popping balloons. I love the word pop. Pop. Pop. Pop.
So how delighted was I as part of my 2016 #LPKidsPoetry residency with Lonely Planet Kids to be asked to check out their new series of pop-up city books. It meant I could spend time popping into Paris, London and New York without even having to leave home. OK, so it wasn’t as much fun as going there but it was fun creating some pop-up poems to celebrate these fab little pop-up books. If you like the sound of them, click the picture of the book or poem and you can pop over to Amazon to check it out.
Pop Up Paris
Point out the star around the Arc, pull pipes of Pompidou.Ogle at the gargoyle’s face or toggle with his view. Pretend to light the Eiffel night, and let it dazzle you. Upon the roof of the Moulin Rouge make sails revolve and dance. Pop-Up Paris and with luck you might wake up in France.
Pop Up London
Push the guard out of the card in his giant fuzzy hat.On paper plinth, beware the roar of the big Trafalgar cat. Press the tube out of its groove but be sure to mind the gap. Under the Shard play games with names of buildings fat and tall. Pop-Up London in your book and you will see it all.
Pop Up New York
PPut your fingers in a cab and take them for a ride.OOpen up the hot dog cart, and see what’s being fried. PPull the top of the Empire State to view the floors inside. UUnfold the flame of Liberty, but don’t ignite her hair. PPop New York up from your book and be transported there.