We’ve featured a pop-up book that uses shadow-play before – in the form of Davy and Kristen McGuire’s beautiful Ice Book – but this is the first time we’ve seen one produced commercially. Published by Laurence King, Helen Friel’s Midnight Creatures features a series of monochromatic pop-up papercut scenes. Turn off the lights and shine a torch through them, and animals and fish appear on your wall. See also: How to make a pop-up book.

When the light’s back on, text tells you and your children a little about each creature – but this is no animal encyclopaedia – it’s all about the wonder of discovering what’s hidden in the negative space in each design.

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