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Robert Crowther's Pop-Up House of Inventions: Hundreds of Fabulous Facts About Your Home Hardcover – March 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Pop edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642532
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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There’s always just a little more to see in this infinitely interesting book that tells so much about everyday objects found around the house. With each spread focusing on a particular room, readers open the first page and the kitchen pops up. Open the stove door, and the date of the first oven is there. Next comes the living room, and there’s information about the board games on the floor and the phone on the wall. So it goes, on to the bathroom, bedroom, and garage. Between its dollhouse-like appeal and its passel of factoids, this is a book that will keep kids looking for more. Grades 3-5. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Robert Crowther is the creator Ships, Trains, and Flight as well as numerous other pop-up books, including COLORS, OPPOSITES, and SHAPES. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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Multiple tiny flaps reveal even more facts and surprises.
E. R. Bird
It came when expected and is a book that will keep your attention for a long time.
1madshopaholik
I got this for my 7 year old son who loves pop up books, he loves it!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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I have a highly developed scientific method in place that allows me to determine whether or not a children's picture book title is going to be popular or not. Here is what I do:

1. I leave the book on top of my desk at work.
2. I wait.
3. If the book remains untouched, unexamined, and unattended for a day then it may be fine and dandy but it doesn't have that instantaneous oomph. If, however, I find my co-workers and library clerks picking it up and cooing over it for long periods of time, THAT, my friend, is a book worth watching.

Option #3 was certainly the case the other day when I received a batch of books from Candlewick Press and I placed this book, Robert Crowther's Pop-Up House of Inventions on top of the pile. Within minutes everyone in the joint found it extraordinary. From its tiny hidden details to its fabulous fascinating facts, a novelty book this may be, but it's also going to win over a whole host of different kinds of readers. The only question left in my mind is where the heck we're going to catalog this thing.

Turn the book in your hands. Hold it so that the spine is at the top and that when you open it you reveal the first scene properly. Immediately you are plunged into a fully stocked and operating kitchen. Every object has a tiny fact attached to it explaining when it was invented or at least conjured up. Multiple tiny flaps reveal even more facts and surprises. Lift up the rug and not only will you see a wad of chewing gum stuck to the floor but you'll also learn when gum was invented and how it was first marketed as "Blibber-Blubber Bubble Gum". Opening each door and lifting each flap the reader makes their way through other rooms in the house.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By canner on February 21, 2011
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This is a fun book full of information about all kinds of around the house. There aren't a lot of true pop-up it's mostly flip that you lift to reveal the text. it's still fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Edelmuth on May 3, 2009
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This is an awesome pop up book. My 10 year old grandaughter was very
happy to read about why we have some of the things we have in our houses
and who and when they were invented. The adults present when I gave it to her were surprised at what THEY didn't know!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. G. King TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2010
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My grandchildren, 6 and 9, love this book. The nine-year-old is as fascinated with the interesting facts as the six-year-old is with all those tiny windows, doors, cabinets, loose floor tiles, shower curtains, to name but a few of the things that can be opened to reveal fun things. Her favorite is the cookie sheet that slides out of the oven. My favorite is the tiny pop-up book on the floor, or is it the wine cellar or the clothes in the closet--oh, I can't decide.

Each page is a pop-up room in the house filled with all the appropriate things plus dozens of hidden treasures, facts and moveable parts. This is the new favorite 'toy' at Gramma's house. Highly recommended for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Leighton on April 15, 2009
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This is a wonderful pop-up book for a 5 yr. old, which I wanted, but the writings are in very small print and interesting only for an adult. This seemed strange to me. Maybe it was intended that way. I would have thought the words would have been for an 8 or 9 yr. old who could enjoy both the pop-up house and the words.
The book arrived in good time and in fine shape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Shopper on December 29, 2009
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I bought this book for my grandsons ages 4 and 6. The book is divided into pages with pop ups of every room in your home and the things that are usually found in that room, including the garage. The rooms each take up 2 thick board pages, and the info for each item is written next to that item. There are also lift up flaps that when opened give you even more info. Each room makes for a warm and cozy reading experience and the facts are unfamiliar which make them that more interesting. They are written so that a child from the age of 4 and up can understand them easily. The woring is simple without being babyish and to the point. My 6 year old grandson became very interested in some of the information regarding certain items he sees everyday and takes for granted. The book encouraged him to investigate other avenues of information for a particular item and he found out even more details relating to the item. He used his computer to look up more information about those items. Both boys were very interested in learning about appliances, electronic devices, simple things that are part of everyone's life and things that they use outside the home. The illustrations are well done and when viewing one of the pages, for example a 2 page spread of a kitchen it was almost like I was standing in the middle of the illustration. This is a great way to encourage youngsters to research these facts and find out more about the ordinary everyday objects that people are exposed to on a daily basis. This book makes children think, do some investigating on their own and ask question all of which to me are very significant factors and should be a part of a childs early learning experiences. How else does one learn about all the wonderful things that make our life a little easier and more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJH-V on May 4, 2009
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Three days hasn't been enough for me to see everything there is to see in this book. Fascinating! I accidentally got two of these and was going to send one back. Then I realized that it would be a great housewarming gift, or a fun gift for an adult's birthday. So someone will be given a fun and interesting book as a present.
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