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The Princess & The Pea, Pippa’s first pop-up book, was published by MacMillan and Tango Children’s Books in 2011. It was distributed throughout Europe and America in several languages, and is available to purchase in major branches of Waterstones, Foyles and the TATE Museum, London.

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Pippa worked along with her husband, Joel, to create the complex paper engineering required. Each scene was prepared as a complete working sample spread (as seen below) after approval by the publisher of the storyboard and white body models.  All the artwork from original drawings by Pippa and submitted it to the publisher as digital layout files ready for printing, die cutting and assembly.


This is one of my favourite Hans Christian Andersen stories, and it was so nice to be able to bring it to life as an exciting pop-up book! We made sure that there was a satisfying surprise at the end to illustrate the intriguing closing words of the original tale, where it says that the pea can still be seen in the royal museum . . . unless someone has stolen it!”

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Bond Street jewellery retailer Marimoto used seven copies of the book as part of window display themed The Princess & The Pearl in Spring 2012.

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