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Blue 2: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Nov Pop edition (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416917810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416917816
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 3.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–5—A perplexing follow-up to One Red Dot (S & S, 2005). Intricately designed paper sculptures are paired with fragmented text containing words in alphabetical order. In each of the nine boldly colored spreads, readers are asked to look for a "Blue 2" hidden somewhere in the illustration. Both the language and the images are highly abstract ("Jubilant Kookiness Laughing" is paired with white pop-up cones emitting colorful curving lines and dots); the vocabulary is often quite challenging ("Mobile Nonsense Oscillating"); and some of the concepts are difficult to grasp ("Exploding Yin and Yang Zone"). Often, the sought-after Blue 2 is a bit too elusive. While the pop-ups are innovative and exciting and the graphic design is enticing, this book will be beyond the grasp of many young readers.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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About 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.

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David A. Carter is the mastermind behind the powerful Bug phenomenon that began in 1988 with the publication of How Many Bugs in a Box? Since then he has created a series of Bugs books with combined sales of nearly six million copies. His work, One Red Dot, was a New York Times best-seller and was highly praised by Newsweek and Entertainment Weekly magazines. He is also the author of the popular Blue 2. His Easter Bugs was a #1 New York Times bestseller for three years, and Halloween Bugs has been on that list for two years. He has also collaborated on Let's Make It Pop-Up!, Curious Critters, The Elements of Pop Up, and The Nutcracker. He lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.

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David Carter's pop up book got me once again!
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A beautiful, amazing book that will be appreciated by adults probably more than kids.
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Even if we had to labor a long time to find the 2 on the very first page.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Give a man one red dot and it'll start to give him ideas. When I reviewed David A. Carter's, "One Red Dot", back in 2005, I thought it to be one of the cleverest little exercises in contemporary design I'd ever had the privilege to enjoy. Under normal circumstances, good design in children's books feels like an ungodly mix of adult dollars and misbegotten enterprise. Carter is different. "One Red Dot" was fun for both kids and their parents AND was seriously attractive to the old eyeballs. But though I am a children's librarian I do not track the career of David A. Carter, and so it was with the greatest of shock that I received a package from Simon & Schuster containing an unexpected sequel, "Blue 2". "Blue 2" features a sparkly cover with the words of the title made up entirely of iridescent dots. It also features alphabetic phrases of a peculiar nature, a scavenger hunt for an elusive number, and more skips and tricks than most of the beautiful pop-up books you'll find on the market today.

Open the book before you. On the first page, forgoing publication information or even an introduction of some sort, the first thing you see are two yellow pages and a small forest of trees that have sprung up to greet you. The first words of the title, "Abundant Blossoms Collide" indicate that as you go through the pages of "Blue 2" you will find an alphabetic guide to help you along. Now the reader must search closely within the blossoms to find the blue 2 hidden (remarkably well) amongst the foliage. Once you've done that you can move on and find a far easier "glistening Blue 2". And so it goes. Before your eyes Carter conjures up hypnotic swirls and the first practical use of spandex I've ever seen in a children's title.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanner on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 7-year old step daughter and I love love LOVE this book. The intricate pop-ups and the abstract art make it a pure wonder for the eyes. The added bonus of searching for the Blue 2's make it even more amazing. We attracted at least 3 questioning people when we were reading it at a restaurant the other night...that's how superlative it is!!!

We're also addicted to "One Red Dot", but I think (for the challenge appeal) this one is better for older children...we were frustrated for ages trying to find the 2 on the first and last page. I wouldn't recommend it for a young crowd, as it is very delicate, but it will awe both adults and children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Tucker on August 31, 2007
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I think my title says it all. I bought this book because my kids and I absolutely loved the Red Dot book. We certainly enjoyed the Blue 2, but it was a bit harder for the kids (5 & 7) and they lost interest early. If you are buying this book for an adult - I think you shouldn't hesitate. You will love the ingenuity of the pop-ups.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Lyon on January 11, 2007
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I love this book! All of my kids, aged 5 - 11 enjoyed trying to find the "Blue 2" they make it just challenging enough, but not too hard. The pages were really interesting. Great purchase
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Cony on May 12, 2007
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Who would have thought that One Red Dot could be equalled? Well, guess what? This is, once again, adorable and fanciful and mesmerizing. Even if we had to labor a long time to find the 2 on the very first page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phila. Mom on October 2, 2007
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Like "One Red Dot," this is a marvelous book. The three-dimensional creations are a wonder and the book is a fantastic gift for people of all ages.. children learning to love books, artists, teachers and adults who have an appreciation for detail. Last but not last, the book is great fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrybook on May 12, 2007
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A beautiful, amazing book that will be appreciated by adults probably more than kids.
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By Theresa A. Maresco on February 9, 2014
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I just ordered other books by this author, my class loved the story, and it inspired me to come up with a great follow up activity, which was on blue construction paper. The activity was to have the children hide our number of the month 16 in blue, with other items also in blue. I was so amazed at how creative they were in hiding their blue 16. In addition I added new vocabulary words like glistening, and teirling
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