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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Pop edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316019984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316019989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 3.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Critically acclaimed pop-up engineer Matthew Reinhart celebrates the history, heroes, and villains of the DC Universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece! Bursting with over 25 impressive pop-ups, this deluxe format features a variety of unique novelty elements-including a light-up Bat-Signal, a cosmic Justice League of America battle scene, a twirling Lasso of Truth, and a transparent Invisible Jet!

With vibrant illustrations, exciting facts, and an eye-catching design, this is an absolute must-have for DC Super Hero fans of all ages!

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Gr 2-5–Pop-up-meister Reinhart incorporates images created by a number of DC artists into a set of spectacular 3-D portraits–both the sort that leap up in massively muscled splendor from the center of each spread and smaller but no less eye-popping figures tucked into folding booklets in the corners. Superman leads off, of course, a solar-powered “living symbol of truth, justice, and the American way” towering over a view of his spacecraft while escaping an exploding Krypton on one side, and, on the other, cameos by a trio of sidekicks, plus Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and (temporary) nemesis Doomsday. The Man of Steel is followed by Batman (with battery-powered Bat-Signal), “Warrior Goddess” Wonder Woman, the squad of intergalactic Green Lanterns, Lord Darkseid (in a spread devoted to the Bad Guys), and, finally, a 45-character composite of the Justice League of America and its prominent adversaries complete with a numbered legend. Other heroes and villains from Captain Marvel, Teen Titans, and even the Justice Society of America to the Joker and Anti-Monitor take bows in the side galleries. The lettered captions are too concise to get into much detail about, for instance, the “Infinite Crisis” story line but do clearly explain the origins and powers of the major DC players.–John Peters, formerly at New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This is an amazingly beautiful pop-up book.
N J Carol
This has to be one of the greatest pop-up books I've ever seen.
A. Price
I bought this book for my 6 year old nephew and he loved it.

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Format: Hardcover
From my point of view, this new Super Heroes pop-up book has several things going for it. First, I am a big DC Comic fan; have been since a small lad. (I have a very modest but nice collection of "BlackHawk Comics," my favorite, which I have collected over the years). Secondly, I have a lot of little kid in me and delight in pop-up books of any sort. Third, I am fascinated with shiny, colorful and complicated things like clocks, watches, toasters, chess sets and such stuff. I probably have a lot of raccoon in me.

Well folks, if you are like me, then this new offering is bound to delight. It truly is a marvel! I am fascinated with the fact that Matthew Reinhart was able to come up with the engineering dynamics of this thing...I knew he was good, but I did not realize just how good.

When this book is released from its plastic wrapper it expands to just under four inches. (Note here that all measurements I give in this review are approximate). This includes the heavy bound cover and five pages of pop-ups. Now I say five pages, but there are far more three dimensional offerings than just five...more about that later.

I will go through this page by page so the potential buyer knows precisely what they are getting...anyway, I will attempt it.

The first double page, when you open the book is of course...who else, but Superman. His character stands just a bit over one foot tall and the man of steel's left fist reaches out a full seven inches. He literally leaps from the page. This is the main graphic. On each of the two pages there are two other pop-ups; one features the space craft in which the baby Superman is sent to earth in when his home planet is destroyed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bour3 on October 5, 2010
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A bargain at twice the cost, you must buy this book immediately.

Six main pop-ups involving multiple mechanisms lunge outward, forward and upward from the pages. I do believe this is the fattest pop-up book in all the history of pop-up books. These are augmented by 22 additional pop-ups, if I counted them correctly, that fill up the otherwise unused spaces of the main entries. Each minor inset pop-up could easily stand on its own and rate its own separate page. I do love it when those auxiliary pages themselves have auxiliaries that are very easily overlooked on the first pass. Pretty tricky there, Reinhart! This book is truly a tour de force in this fascinating entertaining craft.

I only just now noticed a battery compartment in the back cover with a protective pull tab. I will not tell you what the batteries are for. That would ruin the fun.

I am a bit jealous of the imagination, creativity, and talent expressed here. Even the smaller pop-ups are not insignificant and the éclat on display here gives an aspirant something to aim for.

Thank you, Matthew, for this wonderful book. You are a treasure.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Earl on October 14, 2010
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I had seen a video review of this book and was very impressed with the detail and care put into this book. When I got it yesterday in the mail I just couldn't believe how awesome of a piece of work this thing is.

Six main pages, each with additional popups (some with popups within them!). My daughter and I spent about an hour reading through every single panel, covering so many major DC heroes and villains. Of course the DC trilogy are here (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) as well as their respective foes, additional heroes and villains - just SO much detail. There are a pair of "hidden" heroes I remember quite fondly from my love of the JLA animated series as a child.

The popups are just amazing. Full page spreads that explode out at you, each one of them containing additional popups that are very entertaining in their own right. There's a couple of really neat surprises as well with some very clever implementation of the popup "technology". I am simply amazed at the construction of this book.

All that being said, this is not really a book for young kids. Popups this detailed and exquisite obviously come with a need for careful handling. I actually have been reading the book by opening one page and reading it fully, then completely closing it back down and then opening the entire book to the next page. Of course, it's only because I want to treasure this book for many years to come that I take this care. I look forward to reading it with nephews and nieces when they are old enough to appreciate how great this is.

DC fan, popup fan, or just a fan of clever implementation of technology - PICK THIS UP NOW! It's definitely a unique piece and guaranteed to make you smile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
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It's been years since I've bought a pop-up book, and that was for my kids. Now this one I bought for myself and I have to say it's incredible. Clocking in at 9 inches thick (but only 6 real pages), this monster has the most intricate pop-outs you've every seen. The first pages deal with a particular hero or villain (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Darkseid) while the last page is a real treat. It's a huge pop-up almost a foot tall of the Justice League fighting a ton of super villains! Every one of these is very intricate, and as you can imagine this is rather fragile. You can just open and slam a page shut. You have to make sure the folds and creases fall back in the right places.

Each page also has smaller pages that also pop-up as well with more heroes and villains. Perhaps the coolest minor pop-up is an explosion of Hal Jordan and Sinestro as Green Lanterns that opens to Parallax and Sinestro. A close second is Black Manta actually putting on his helmet as you open the page.

This is for the collector, not the child. While you can enjoy this with your kids, it's a lot more intricate than anything you'd ever buy for them. It's definitely worth every penny you spend on it though. I hope they continue this trend and offer either a Marvel-themed version, or start to focus on particular heroes like Batman or Green Lantern for an entire book. Highly recommended!
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Matthew Christian Reinhart was born September 21, 1971 to Gary and Judith Reinhart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The son of a farmer, his father Gary joined the Navy to become jet fighter pilot, and so the family moved around the country, from Florida to Texas to Illinois to California to Virginia and then South Carolina. Gary wanted to be more than a pilot (which was pretty amazing itself) so he went on to Dental School and studied to be an oral surgeon. Judith and Matthew followed along, and soon to be joined by his mischievous little sister, Erin. Often times, Gary's training took him to places they couldn't follow (even on aircraft carriers), so Judy took charge. Matthew's childhood was filled with good times and very happy memories overall, thanks to his family.
Art was always a tremendously huge part of Matthew's young life. Drawing pictures and making crafts were his favorite activities, in school and out. Matthew drew whenever and wherever he got the chance. His school notebooks often had more drawings than notes! He loved drawing and reading about all creatures and animals so much, he drew them everywhere! Dinosaurs, like about every kid on the planet, were his absolute favorite to draw and Matthew could rattle off the name of every single one before learning to add or subtract. As he got older, Matthew was captivated by the movie STAR WARS. The richness of the universe George Lucas created on the screen fueled his young imagination, inspiring countless sketchbooks filled with monsters, spaceships, and action heroes.
Like most high school graduates, Matthew wasn't completely focused on a career. He was unaware he could make a living being an artist. Like most doctors' children, his father convinced him to study biology to prepare for medical school. College life at Clemson University was busy and fun for Matthew, but he was never really satisfied. Medicine was not his true calling. Along with his required biology courses, Matthew snuck in a few art classes, and built up a bit of a portfolio. After graduating Cum Laude from Clemson, he took a year off before medical school and moved to New York, where he met Robert Sabuda and they began doing volunteer work together. Robert's book, Christmas Alphabet had just released to rave reviews, and persuaded Matthew follow his calling by attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. With his parents' blessing and support, Matthew enrolled as an industrial design (with a concentration in toy design) student the following year. Pratt was fantastic, eye opening experience for him, though his initial dreams of being a toy designer soon transformed into paper engineer- with the help of Mr. Sabuda. After working with Robert on books like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "A B C Disney" and "Movable Mother Goose". Matthew made his first big break into the pop-up world with "The Pop Up Book Of Phobias". Other books followed, including both collaborations with Robert Sabuda, including their trilogy of "Encyclopedia Prehistorica" books and renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak on the New York Times best-selling "Mommy?", and also even solo pop-up projects like "The Ark", "Animal Popposites", "The Jungle Book", "Cinderella" and his dream-of-all-dream projects, "STAR WARS: Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy", "The Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes". His latest series, "Encyclopedia Mythologica", includes "Fairies & Magical Creatures" and the newly-released "Gods & Heroes". In honor of the 75th Anniversary of DC COMICS, Matthew has created a massive pop-up celebration titled "DC COMICS Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book", to be released in Fall 2010. He continues to work and live in New York City, cutting, taping and folding paper into intricate, moving sculptures.

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