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An explosive, interactive, pop off the page book about George Lucas's STAR WARS movies to celebrate the 30th anniversary!

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas's epic STAR WARS movies! Bestselling pop-up artist and engineer Matthew Reinhart has designed a thirtieth anniversary commemorative edition that comes packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting ...

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Overview

An explosive, interactive, pop off the page book about George Lucas's STAR WARS movies to celebrate the 30th anniversary!

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas's epic STAR WARS movies! Bestselling pop-up artist and engineer Matthew Reinhart has designed a thirtieth anniversary commemorative edition that comes packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. This beautiful book will impress all fans of STAR WARS and gives a whole new perspective to the films.

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  • Matthew Reinhart
    Matthew Reinhart  

Editorial Reviews

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Pop-up impresario Robert Sabuda and the craft masters of Reinhart Studios have created a three-dimensional Star Wars commemorative marvel fully worthy of the film classic's 30th anniversary. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy contains intricate pop-ups, pull-tabs, working light sabers, and other stunning interactive features. With this book, the Force will be with you always.
David Pogue
calling this sophisticated piece of engineering a "pop-up book" is like calling the Great Wall of China a partition. Reinhart doesn't fill pages from left to right like a normal author. He fills them upward and outward in three-dimensional space. He engineers enormous, elaborate tagboard sculptures with hundreds of parts that precisely interact as they rise from the book…Some of the artwork and engineering are so detailed, you can't imagine how they were created.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439882828
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Pages: 6
  • Sales rank: 76,850
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 3.00 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    He Never Gets Tired of This Book

    My 9 year old child talked me into buying him this book at our school's bookfair that was hosted by Barnes and Noble. I figured it was going to be looked at a couple of times and he would tire of it, but that has not been the case. He carries this book with him everywhere even to deer camp. I must say this is an awesome book and you always find something in it that you missed the last time you looked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    What a fantastic book!

    My daughter is a huge Star Wars fan. She received this book today and it is fantastic! It is so well done and fun. Great for all Star Wars fans young or old!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Most amazing thing!

    This was given as a gift to my adult son. He was beyond thrilled. He has shown it to everyone he has seen over the holidays. And they have been just as impressed. From intricate cutouts and popups to the light saber that actually lights up, this book is very well done!

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Incredible Book

    This is an amazingly artistic and complex book. I purchased one for my 3 year old grandson who is fascinated by Star Wars and even though he can't read a word, he just loves it! Then I also purchased it for my 10 year old grandson who CAN read and also loves it. Each page has multiple, intricate pop-ups, sometimes one inside another! It even has a real battle with light-up light sabers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Endless Star Wars fun

    I bought this as a present for my 6 year old nephew and he was crazy excited when he saw the book. We are a Star Wars family and the fact that this is more than just a pop up book was very exciting. The large images, the different facts under flaps, the movable items were grands of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Star Wars: Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy

    This is a Christmas gift for my 10 yr old grandson who will appreciate the information and may be able to figure out the technology of the book. I have not read it cover to cover, I just wanted to be sure it "worked" before I gave it to him. The swords on the last page light up and I was aware of this due to the picture on the flyer that came with it.I called the bookstore and no one there seemed to have any more info than I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    This book is out of this world!

    Great book for anyone who loves "Star Wars".

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Really Cool

    This is a very well constructed pop-up book. They included the most important characters, creatures, and places in the Star Wars Universe. This is the best of the Star Wars pop-up books that are out there.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Great Gift!

    The book is recommended for ages 7 and up, but I bought it for my nephew who turns 4 Christmas week. Can't comment on his reaction as he hasn't received it yet... but I'm fairly positive he will LOVE IT!! It's huge, very colorful, big pop ups, each page has extra mini-pages in the corners with additional hidden pop ups. It's nice quality. Honestly, I think it's worth more than the price listed. I'm on a tight budget and I probably would've paid a little more simply because getting kids hooked on books early is very important, and this book will do it.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    wow!!! A must buy for Star Wars fans

    To be honest i did not want to buy this book. I thought it was too expensive. I am glad I bought it. This pop up is AMAZING!!! There is alot of reading info on the pages and some of the pop up scenes light up. I am currently looking at purchasing more for as gifts for the kids. If you have a Star Wars fan ..... this is a great book.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    What a blast!

    This pop up book is FABULOUS! Mt son is only 4 and he adores it, and my husband does as well. Its super cool for kids as the light sabers illuminate and the details are wonderful. We found this product in the store but it had been played with and was worn out so we had them order us a new copy. We gave it to my son as a gift and he just cant get over how cool it is. Its great because it is interactive yet there is still alot for me to read to him so I can be involved also. I would recommend this to any Star Wars fan for your collection. Probably will be worth something for the grandkids if kept in good shape. Great Product, smart purchase, a little pricey but worth it.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    For Star Wars Fans

    This book was awesome for my son, the youngest, newest Star Wars fan in my family. It held his interest page to page, until the very end! It has opened his eyes to the value of books and he now is reading other books...he's five years old and reads on a second grade level.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    My son loves it!!!

    We purchased this book for our sons 9th birthday. He loves all things Star Wars and knows the movies better than we do (and we grew up with them). This book has so many things to explore, including flaps under flaps and motion. This author did a fabulous job! It's great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Just perfect!!!!!

    The force is certainly with this book!

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    For all you Star Wars Fans out there!!!

    This is just a cool book if you like Star Wars; there are pop-ups of the characters, stories behind them and the planets in the series, etc. It gives a history of the "world" that was created in the Star Wars series in a most interesting way!!!! And, to make it even cooler, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are in the back with real light-up lightsabers!!! A must for all Star Wars fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Heads Up Star Wars Collectors

    This is an amazingly detailed pop-up book...not a toy for children. One must take care as page after page opens to unveil complicated cut outs literally jumping off the pages. The final page features Luke and Darth Vadar wielding light up sabers, which adds to the fun of the book. The intricasies will impress even the most dedicated collectors of Star Wars memorabilia.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    One heck of a popup!

    Wow. I've never seen a popup like this one! I collect Robert Sabuda, but this is the best one yet. I've given five of these as gifts so far to Star Wars fans and everyone loves them! If you collect pop ups, add this one to your collection!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    So fun!!

    This book was so cute and so much fun for my friend who is a HUGE Star Wars fan!! Love it!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    star wars fans must buy

    this is such a great book. my husband sits with our 6 year old son & goes through this book. if you are a star wars fan you must buy this book.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Too Galaxtical

    I purchased this book without really going through it because I knew my grandsons loved galaxy creatures. However, once I got it home, I found that the reading would be too complicated for them to really enjoy the book. I mainly purchased it for the pop-up features.

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