What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

With a love for pop-up books inspired by the everyday (mis)adventures of his children, Keith Allen, a Cleveland based Senior Product Designer and Paper Engineer, at the well known greeting card company American Greetings, has ventured into self-publishing to create this unique book about how hard it is for his children to clean their rooms. ‘What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure,’ is a story that follows two siblings after their messy room becomes so out-of-control that it explodes from their doorway, sends them to the top of a toy mountain, spins them around in a dust-nado, and much more. Every page turn is a dazzling, well-constructed, complex paper pop-up that is sure to delight and amaze. He takes this mundane chore and has made it fun for them by turning it into a story of adventure.

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen
What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

Complex pop-up books can be quite expensive to produce because of the hand folding required for its construction. To help offset the high production cost required, Keith will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in early September and will be collecting pre-orders for the book. If you choose to participate, you will not only be purchasing the book, you’ll become an important part in making this book a reality.

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen
What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

“I love challenging myself with paper, and the idea of having this enormous mess literally rise out from the pages sounded thrilling! I wanted this book to feel like its cover was the only thing holding the chaos and silliness inside.” – Keith Allen

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen
What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

For over a year and a half, he would work early mornings on the book before his family awoke and before his day job. The project was originally entitled ‘the 5am Pop-Up Book,’ and through Facebook, he was able to document the entire process online while receiving great feedback and support. Each spread would begin with a sketch and then he would frantically start cutting, folding and gluing paper down. He would rebuild the spreads repetitively until it revealed itself to his liking.

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen
What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

On September 6th he will turn to crowdfunding to help offset the high production cost by launching a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign will run for 30 days and will offer limited-edition deals and a lot of fun incentives. To find out more please visit http://www.messypopup.com or find him on Facebook or Twitter

images via Keith Allen via submission

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