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Papertoy Monsters: 50 Cool Papertoys You Can Make Yourself! CSM Edition
Contributor(s): Workman Publishing (Corporate Author), Castleforte, Brian, Rabin, Netta (Conductor), James, Robert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0761158820     ISBN-13: 9780761158820
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
    OUR PRICE: $17.06  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: December 2010
A breakthrough paper-folding book for kids—paper airplanes meet Origami meets Pokemon. Papertoys, the Internet phenomenon that’s hot among graphic designers and illustrators around the world, now comes to kids in the coolest new book. Created and curated by Brian Castleforte, a graphic designer and papertoy pioneer who rounded up 25 of the hottest papertoy designers from around the world (Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Italy, Croatia, Chile, even Jackson, Tennessee), Papertoy Monsters offers 50 fiendishly original die-cut designs that are ready to pop out, fold, and glue. The book interleaves card stock with paper stock for a unique craft package; the graphics are colorful and hip, combining the edginess of anime with the goofy fun of Uglydolls and other collectibles. Plus each character comes with its own back-story.

And the results are delicious: meet Pharaoh Thoth Amon, who once ruled Egypt but is now a mummy who practices dark magic in his sarcophagus. Or Zumbie the Zombie, who loves nothing more than a nice plate of brains and yams. NotSoScary, a little monster so useless at frightening people that he has to wear a scary mask. Yucky Chuck, the lunchbox creature born in the deepest depths of your school bag. Plus Zeke, the monster under your bed, Nom Nom, eater of cities, and Grumpy Gramps, the hairy grandpa monster with his very own moustache collection.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Paper toy making.
Monsters in art.
BISAC Categories:
- Crafts & Hobbies | Papercrafts
Dewey: 745.592
LCCN: 2010051409
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.75" W x 1.00" (2.35 lbs) 233 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 November #3)

Twenty-five "papertoy" artists contribute 50 original monster designs made of colorful cardstock that can be punched out and glued together to form three- dimensional cartoon characters, each with its own quirky backstory. The menagerie includes the tentacled OctoPup, who devours small boats; Yucky Chuck, a serrated-toothed "mutant lunchbox monster"; and Lester Rottenbottom, a teacher-turned-mad-scientist. The designers' enthusiasm for their subjects should inspire readers to invent their own monsters on the blank templates provided. Ages 9–up. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 April)

Gr 5–7—Featuring designs from 25 paper engineers, these 50 punch-out, fold, and glue-together models will supply modestly dexterous monster lovers with an army of roughly hand-sized, garishly colored grues, leering uglies, creepy-crawlies, and toothy sentient food. Grouped by type, the models range from a cheerleader Medusa to box-headed mummy rising out of a coffin, from a green mutant rat named Nom Nom to teacher-turned-mad-scientist Leonard Rottenbottom and a fetid lunchbox monster, Yucky Chuck. Each one comes with assembly instructions, a paragraph of background "information," a large photo of the finished model and, fitting on a single sheet of stiff card stock, the required body parts. Glue and a spoon or pencil for rounding and to hold down tabs until the adhesive sets are the only required tools. For craftier sorts, a final "create your own" section offers uncolored punch-out versions of 10 entries, and on the closing pages each designer supplies a personal statement. Though best considered a gift item, this could also serve as a source for display material or a collective class project.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library

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