Papertoy Monsters

Overview

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...

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Overview

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. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
From the creator of nicepapertoys.com, comes an art book perfect for budding artists and writers. Papertoys are simply small, colorful characters made from paper or cardstock, often with interesting back-stories. All of the creatures in this book were created for the website by independent artists. These artists also include the creature's story and detailed instructions for assembly. All toys are printed on perforated cardstock. and the toys have a widely varying number of parts. The biographies of the creatures are in some ways more entertaining than the toys. For example, Grampa Grumps resides in Ireland and enjoys mustaches, so this toy has several detachable mustaches. There are toys for all levels of creator, and even a design your own section in the back. Due to the consumable nature of the book, this is not a recommended book for library collections, but since some of the creatures resemble characters from fantasy card games, it might work well for craft programs. This book would make an excellent gift for a creative young artist Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck
School Library Journal
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761178217
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 243,173
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Castleforte is an artist and graphic designer who has created cutting-edge graphics for Nike, Sony, Warner Brothers, MTV, and others. He is also the creator of nicepapertoys.com, the first and only papertoy social network. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two (real) puppies. 

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