A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure

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A brand-new explosive, interactive, pop-off-the-page book about George Lucas's STAR WARS movies from NY TIMES bestseller Matthew Reinhart!

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas's epic STAR WARS movies! The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling pop-up artist and engineer has created a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working lightsabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular ...

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Overview

A brand-new explosive, interactive, pop-off-the-page book about George Lucas's STAR WARS movies from NY TIMES bestseller Matthew Reinhart!

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas's epic STAR WARS movies! The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling pop-up artist and engineer has created a brand-new 3-D experience, packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working lightsabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. This new look at STARS WARS explores the characters, stories, vehicles, droids, and more in the three prequel movies and the Clone Wars. It's a stunning book that will impress all fans of STAR WARS and gives a whole new perspective to the universe.

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Paper engineer maestro Matthew Reinhart has crafted DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book and the three-dimensional Maurice Sendak Mommy, but for Star Wars fans, he is most respected for his triumphant Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy. Now he adds to that luster with another spectacular Star Wars creation. His Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up offers new depth to the characters, stories, droids, and vehicles of the three prequel films and The Clone Wars.

Publishers Weekly
Five years after Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy, Reinhart strikes back with another gorgeous pop-up tribute to Star Wars. Illustrated in the same precise yet painterly style as its predecessor, this offering is divided into five spreads—loosely organized by planets, creatures, evildoers, technology, and the rise of Darth Vader (who gets a light-up lightsaber)—and focuses on the more recent Star Wars films. Thus, characters like Queen Amidala, General Grievous (who launches out from his spread in all his spindly, skeletal glory), and even Jar Jar Binks get their due (Reinhart's unspooling destroyer droid and battle-ready Darth Maul are especially wonderful). Reinhart's books remain a marvel of movement, intricacy, and skill. Ages 7–up. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Teeming with pop-ups capped by a wonderfully menacing Darth Vader wielding a glowing light saber, this companion to Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy (2007) makes a memorable keepsake for fans of The Phantom Menace film and its two sequels. With only glancing reference to the interstellar epic's storylines, Reinhart introduces flurries of major and minor worlds, characters, spacecraft and alien races. Each broadly topical spread (example: "Slick Tech and Astromechs") features both a big central figure or tableau that rears up to an unlikely height and, in at least two corners, nested pop-up constructs that open or unfold in layers. The art's watery colors and indistinct lines don't recall the vivid realism of the movies, and the bland accompanying commentary underwhelms ("…weaponry can mean the difference between victory and defeat"). That's hardly the point: Even casual or nonfans will be open-mouthed at the gloriously rococo paper engineering--particularly the multiarmed, insectile droid Gen. Grievous and the final spread, in which viewers get a glimpse of Anakin Skywalker's scowling visage before Vader's armored helmet snaps into place. A fragile but awesome tribute. (Pop-up/movie tie-in. 7-11, adult)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545176163
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Pages: 5
  • Sales rank: 239,350
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 2.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart is a renowned paper engineer and bona fide STARS WARS aficionado. He created the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY with Lucasfilm, published by Orchard Books. He also created DC SUPER HEROES: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP BOOK and MOMMY? by Maurice Sendak. He has worked with Robert Sabuda on many fantastic pop-up titles such as THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ; ABC DISNEY; the Encyclopedia Mythologica trilogy; and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica trilogy. He lives in New York City.

Biography

Matthew Reinhart, in his own words:

I was born to Gary and Judith Reinhart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in September of 1971. My dad soon joined the Navy as a jet fighter pilot, so we moved around a lot when I was young. Florida, Texas, Illinois, California, Virginia, South Carolina -- all over! Dad wanted to be more than a pilot (which was pretty amazing itself) so he went to dental school and studied to be an oral surgeon. Mom and I followed along, and soon we were joined by my little sister, Erin. Often times, Dad's training took him to places we couldn't always follow (even on aircraft carriers), so Mom took care of us. My childhood was filled with good times -- I don't think it could have been much better. Actually, I've never really felt like it ever ended!

Art was always a tremendously huge part of my life. Drawing pictures and making crafts were my favorite activities in school and out. I drew whenever and where ever I could! My school notebooks often had more drawings than notes. I loved animals (and still do) so I drew them everywhere. Dinosaurs, like I think about every kid on the planet, were my favorite and I could rattle off the name of every single one before I could add or subtract. As I got older, I was captivated by the movie Star Wars. The richness of the universe George Lucas created on the screen fueled my young imagination. Creatures, monsters, spaceships, and action heroes filled my many sketchbooks growing up.

Like most high school graduates, I wasn't completely focused on a career. I didn't know there were cool jobs like paper engineer (that's a pop-up designer, in case you didn't know) or that I could make a living being a children's book illustrator. Like most doctors' children, I was convinced to study biology to prepare for medical school. College was great, but I wasn't really happy. Medicine was not my calling. I'd always taken art classes along with my biology courses, so I had built up a bit of a portfolio. I moved to New York after college, and met Robert Sabuda, paper engineer extraordinaire, doing some volunteer work. His book, Christmas Alphabet had just come out, and he told me he had studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I was inspired -- so, with the blessing and support of my understanding parents, I enrolled as an industrial design (specifically toy design) student the following year.

Pratt was fantastic, though my initial dreams of being a toy designer soon transformed into paper engineer with the help of Mr. Sabuda. I really got into pop-ups after working with Robert on books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, ABC Disney and Movable Mother Goose. My first big break in the pop-up world was The Pop Up Book Of Phobias, which was my first solo paper engineered book. Since then, I've gradually began to illustrate and paper engineer my own titles or occasionally co-author with Robert. So here I am!

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Sabuda:

"My first job at the tender age of 16 was at a frozen yogurt shop called This Can't Be Yogurt, or TCBY. Wow, did I get chubby working there! We ate so much of the yogurt (which at the time wasn't fat-or-sugar-free) and the toppings like candy and hot fudge, too. It was a fun first job, though I remember the owner of the store was kind of rough on us and would sit in his car and watch us from the parking lot for hours.

"I am a devoted Transformers fan from the very beginning, back in 1984. Until all are one (only die-hard Trans-fans know what that means!), I must have hundreds if not a thousand different Autobots and Decepticons that I've collected over the years, from the original ‘80s Transformers to Beast Wars: Transformers to the current series -- which is awesome, by the way -- Transformers: Cybertron. They were actually one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a toy designer when I was younger, and I almost got a job at Hasbro working on them in the late ‘90s. Thank goodness I didn't take it! The way I figure it, pop-ups are kind of like paper Transformers. I'd love to do a Transformers pop-up book one day. You listening, Hasbro?"

"As a kid, I hated sweaters. I used to dread getting sweaters at Christmas time -- since I would have to wear it for whichever relative had given it to me. I thought they were too ‘stitchy,' or itchy. My skin must have been super sensitive back then. Thankfully, I've gotten over it."

"I am an exercise freak -- my day is not complete without an early morning trip to the gym. I run, lift weights, jump rope, bike ride and pretty much anything else to get my blood pumping!"

"I don't like tomatoes unless they've been chopped into unrecognizable pieces."

"I do like jumbo shrimp, double tall soy mochas from Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme glazed crème-filled doughnuts -- a whole lot."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1971
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.S. in Biological Sciences, Clemson University, 1994; Graduate Degree in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 1998
    2. Website:

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    This pop up book is every bit as good as the first Star Wars Pop Up Book. Reinhart did a great job in giving us a new look at the Star Wars prequels. I especially like the creation of Darth Vader on the last page.

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