Yellow Square: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages

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First came One Red Dot, next Blue 2, 600 Black Spots...now Yellow Square, the fourth installment of David A. Carter's acclaimed color series! Modern and elegant paper engineering and text are certain to awe children of all ages!

Readers will search beatiful, modern pop-ups to discover the hidden yellow square on each spread in this follow up to David A. Carter's New York Times award winning, 600 Black Spots.

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Overview

First came One Red Dot, next Blue 2, 600 Black Spots...now Yellow Square, the fourth installment of David A. Carter's acclaimed color series! Modern and elegant paper engineering and text are certain to awe children of all ages!

Readers will search beatiful, modern pop-ups to discover the hidden yellow square on each spread in this follow up to David A. Carter's New York Times award winning, 600 Black Spots.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

More child-friendly than last year's 600 Black Spots, the new addition to the series that began with One Red Dot is just as much an overture to exploring art. A yellow square hides in plain sight in or within the paper engineering on each spread; sometimes, the creation of the yellow square is entirely up to the reader. On the first spread, for example, that square exists only when the reader peers through a die-cut while holding the book at the correct angle-in other words, perspective is everything. Captions are variously enigmatic ("The fog of art/ and a yellow square," for an elaborate windows-like construction topped in vellum) or childlike ("The cow jumped over the moon/ and a yellow square," for an abstract paper sculpture). As before, Carter confines himself to primary colors, black and white; even with this palette, he alludes to a number of artists, among them Agam, whose name he spells out in a tribute piece; Christo, in a trio of wrapped structures; Miro; and Calder, via a trapeze with rotating flaps that stand in for performers. Not all the spreads are equally impressive, but the best are dazzlers. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Moving beyond his bug books, Carter has been exploring "a range of feelings and interactive visual experiences." He has produced a wide variety of pop-ups with increasingly difficult challenges in his One Red Dot, Blue 2, and 600 Black Spots. Now the task for the reader is to find the yellow square on each complex double page spread. "Paper noodles wrestle…and a yellow square," is first. Then come "The fog of art…" "Uncle Theo's trapeze," and "All wrapped up…" The spectacular pop-ups overwhelm the few words. Not only papers, but also threads and mesh cloth are incorporated to make things move and spin. Some sculptures require the reader to begin the action. All tease as they ask us to complete the stories, add the "feelings," inspired by the active visuals, but they are all probably too complex for the reader to copy, while inspiring repeated viewing. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 1-6

Carter takes paper engineering to new creative heights in this fourth in a pop-up series that combines imagination-stirring visuals with open-ended texts and seek-and-find elements. Here, readers look for a yellow square incorporated into illustrations in primary colors that burst with clever innovations and visual effects. The shape appears in various hiding spots: on a tab that spins around "Uncle Theo's trapeze" (a bar raised into the air by two triangular supports), within a paper swirl that lifts-slinky like-into a tall spiral and then (amazingly) recoils back to a flat page, and as part of a giant 3-D "Doodle on white" sculpture. A removable square with a cut-out middle can be peered through to make yellow strips look like yellow boxes. "Square tubes bloom" as card-stock stalks blossom up from a blue background, each displaying a delicate flower, evoking the solidity and fluidity of coral. The pop-ups incorporate interesting materials-yarn, red netting (think vegetable packaging), and a translucent waxy paper that allows readers to view shapes through "the fog of art"-possibly inspiring collages or sculptures made from found objects. This book will fuel creative thought, initiate discussion about artistic perception, and elicit plain old "wows" from kids.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416940937
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 605,830
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Carter is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. Also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series, featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise, he lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.

David A. Carter is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. Also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series, featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise, he lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Great book- well received as a gift

    Good for many ages, original and stimulating. Great for promoting creativity and the arts.

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