Books by David A. Carter

SUMMER by David A. Carter
Released: April 24, 2018

"Skimpy with just six spreads but, like its companions, a simple, serene seasonal posy. (Informational pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Carter completes his round of seasonal tributes with pop-up sprays of luscious-looking small fruits, garden bounty, and bright flowers. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU by David A. Carter
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"The Picasso of paper engineering does it again. (Pop-up picture book. 5-adult)"
Love bursts up in paper waves and swirls from every spread of this small, heartfelt keepsake. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by David A. Carter
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A serene and lovely presentation. (Informational pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Carter's latest stop on his ongoing seasonal cycle offers pop-up pumpkins, corn, and other signs of mellow fruitfulness. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 2017

"A cheery 3-D take on a popular premise, with reasonably durable moving parts. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
When a mucky stretch of road traps one, two, three, four, five cars, it's the tow truck to the rescue! Read full book review >
SPRING by David A. Carter
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse of what's in store after winter's long rest. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
Snowdrifts give way to raindrops, and flowers burst out in bright profusion to signal the arrival of a new season. Read full book review >
WINTER by David A. Carter
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"The labels may prove more distracting than illuminating, but this isn't quite the usual sort of stop on the well-worn seasonal round. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
A quick, season-centered look-about from a master of paper engineering. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"After the hundredth (or thousandth) repetition of the original, this may come as a welcome variation—to the grown-ups, at least. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
The ever versatile activity song gets a techno-twist with customized lyrics and pop-up robots lined up to demonstrate each verse. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A poorly conceived art box that's more likely to stifle any creative impulse than nurture it. (bibliography) (Informational novelty. 10-13)"
A brief history of modern sculpture, packaged with sturdy cardboard sheets of die-cut pieces that can be assembled into abstract…assemblages. Read full book review >
B IS FOR BOX by David A. Carter
Released: July 8, 2014

"F is for flop. (Pop-up alphabet book. 2-4)"
First seen in The Happy Little Yellow Box (2011), the title character returns to demonstrate alliteration in this alphabetical outing.Read full book review >
SPOT THE DOT by David A. Carter
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The app is still better (not to mention cheaper), but with Carter, even spinoffs are first-rate. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-4)"
This abridged paper version of an outstanding iPad app sticks to the same basic design but offers a different set of visual challenges. Read full book review >
HIDE AND SEEK by David A. Carter
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"More playful work from a rare master of abstract design, both rich enough and sturdy enough to support repeat visits. (Pop-up/picture book. 5-10, adult)"
The panjandrum of paper engineering offers six dazzling new constructs—each hiding a handful of small cutouts or printed shapes to find. Read full book review >
SPOT THE DOT by David A. Carter
Released: May 25, 2011

"Clean of look, seamless in design: a delight even for the diapered crowd. (iPad game app. 1-6)"
The Picasso of paper engineers (One Red Dot, 2005, etc.) displays a dab hand at concocting even more thoroughly interactive explorations of shape and color for touchscreens. Read full book review >
WHITE NOISE by David A. Carter
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Knowledgeable adults will recognize nods to Modern artists and jazz musicians; children will simply be enthralled by the totality of the experience. (Pop-up/picture book. 6 & up)"
Noises in most pop-up books are accidents: An over-glued element gets unstuck, or—horrors—rips entirely. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A worthy companion to his previous offerings. (Pop-up/picture book. 6 & up)"
Carter again challenges readers to make their way through a series of three-dimensional homages to modern art, this time chasing the yellow square that appears in each (600 Black Spots, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Without some learned commentary, the general theme is likely to pass over the heads of children (not to mention many grown-ups), but all of the movement and color here create a riveting visual experience. (Novelty. 6-8, adult)"
Carter's third set of large-scale, knock-your-socks-off pop-up abstracts (following One Red Dot, 2005, and Blue 2, 2006) takes a quick tour through modern art, celebrating jazz and visual spontaneity, as well as paying specific tribute to Mondrian and the Fauves. Read full book review >
WOOF! WOOF! by David A. Carter
Released: March 1, 2006

"Tail-waggingly terrific fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bit by geometric bit, two dogs are built out of an assortment of triangles and quadrangles in a cleverly tactile piece of whimsy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Fun! (Pop-up. 4+)"
Carter's fabulous homage to paper engineering (that doubles as a counting book) features ten intricate paper sculptures or interactive devices and a special charge for readers: Find the one red dot in each. Read full book review >
THERE'S A SQUARE by Mary Serfozo
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The book is conceived as an entertaining lesson, and concludes with a carefully designed review that makes sense of shapes in an easy and imaginative way. (Picture book. 2-4)"
From Serfozo (Joe Joe, 1993, etc.), an introduction to the square, circle, triangle, rectangle, oval, and diamond. Read full book review >