We don’t, as a rule, spend a whole lot of time looking at children’s books. (None will ever come close to replacing those Encyclopedia Brown mysteries and Choose Your Own Adventures of our youth, you understand.) But when papercut artist Rob Ryan creates a children’s book, we pay attention. And we were not disappointed.
The Invisible Kingdom, the first in a proposed trilogy, is “the story of a small boy, a big imagination and learning to be your own person.” Yes, well that’s all fine and dandy, but the book itself is a beautiful piece of papercraft all on its own.
Ryan (with a great deal of help from studio assistant Libby) cut out all the scenes and scanned them for the book. (The video below will give you a few brief glimpses of the work involved.) The illustration inside the dust jacket was a particularly nice detail.