Castleforte, who has designed graphics for MTV and Warner Brothers, is also the creator of nicepapertoys.com, a popular social network for “papertoy” artists around the globe, and in this colorful volume, he showcases projects submitted by 25 international masters of the “community-based art form.” Following an opening challenge (“You have 50 monsters to set free from the pages of this book”), notes discuss materials, tools, and techniques (including basic paper folds) before moving into specific directions for constructing creatures. Each section provides straightforward assembly instructions for a wildly imagined creature that is described in a short biographical paragraph, with specific details that add to the fun. Accompanying pop-out templates will pose challenges for circulation, but given the likely popularity of this title, libraries may well find creative solutions in order to make this available to a growing audience of young “papertoy” artists. Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg
About 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.