A Great Danish American Birthday -Ib Pennick

  • May 11, 2022
  • May 11, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • May 11, 2022 (CDT)
  • May 11, 2023 (CDT)


Ib Penick (May 11, 1930 Odense, Denmark – April 21, 1998 Wilmington, NC), a native of Denmark, was known as "the creative mind behind the resurgence of pop-up children's books in the 1960s and 1970s. In his career, Penick designed more than 130 children's books, including Star Wars: a Pop-up Book, which sold more than a million copies. Penick related to one reporter, "...there are only about 100 folds and tricks to [his paper engineering] trade. It's like playing a piano. You have only a certain number of keys, but it's the combinations that make the difference."

In the 1960s Penick joined Waldo Hunt at Graphics International, a firm that created pop-up books, including a series of titles for Random House and other publishers.  Penick was the "premier paper engineer" for the Random House pop-up titles, and Tor Lokvig was his protege.   According to Gerald Harrison, a former president of the children's books division at Random House, Penick "was really responsible for creating the whole world we lived in. With the advent of the Random House line, a whole industry was created and the very first ones were created by Ib."

Penick and Hunt later sold Graphics International to Hallmark Cards in 1966.

Chicago Tribune -
Ib Pennick Obituary

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