Sussex pop-ettes creator has fun with the TV dragons

A great new activity book for children which is packed with 12 easy to fold and colourful animals has been released after making quite an impression on the hit TV show Dragon’s Den.

Two of the dragons, whilst questioning Brian Smith, an entrepreneur from Sussex, found themselves taking an amusing challenge when they were given the chance of turning their own images into finger puppets by folding paper.

Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne all seemed to enjoy the paper folding quest as they tackled the specially created pop-ettes on the show that was broadcast yesterday on the 28th October.

The latest pop-ette characters come courtesy of Brian, under the pen name of Philip Craik, in his book ‘The World of Popagami’. These easy to fold paper animals are all folded from a single sheet of paper, and guarantee hours of fun.

Brian Smith is a former chemistry teacher and engineer and is a science technician at Ardingly College in Sussex.

“I created special sheets of the Dragons themselves for the show,” says Brian. “I think they were surprised by the whole business idea and had some useful advice.

“We have had tremendous success with the book of Popagami characters,” he says.“The Dragons’ Den characters have been added to the range and the folding instructions are easy to follow.”

The World of Popagami is on sale at just £4.99 and available both online and in some major bookshops, including branches of Waterstones.

The TV Dragon sheets are available in packs of 10 – two each of five characters: Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Hilary Devey and Theo Paphitis. The packs cost just 99p.

Visit to see the full range of Dragon characters. All characters are the copyright of Pop-ettes Ltd and Ettes Publishing.

The characters in The World of Popagami book include a robot, rabbit, meerkat, leopard, mouse, tiger, bear, cat, mountain lion, cow, giraffe and horse. For trial packs or more details contact Oakfield Media.