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Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy Hardcover – October 15, 2007

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Matthew Reinhart is a renowned paper engineer and bona fide STARS WARS aficionado. He created the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY with Lucasfilm, published by Orchard Books. He also created DC SUPER HEROES: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP BOOK and MOMMY? by Maurice Sendak. He has worked with Robert Sabuda on many fantastic pop-up titles such as THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ; ABC DISNEY; the Encyclopedia Mythologica trilogy; and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica trilogy. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; Pop edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439882826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439882828
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 8.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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324 of 328 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on March 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:32 Mins
This is a brief video walking you through this incredible pop-up book.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Glen E. Nelson on October 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a strange and wonderful surprise. Easily the best Star Wars classic sage tie-in of the 30th anniversary year, 2007. This is a unique labour of love to be sure, and perhaps the most inspiring and creative piece about the Holy Trilogy that I have ever seen in a book form. In fact, I would even go so far as to say perhaps the best book that I have ever read. Seroiusly, I read this book with my 4-year old son together, and we savoured every page, every fold-out, and every flap. If you do read this book with a child, read it slowly and enjoy the one-of-a-kind surprises that are waiting behind every handcrafted door. For collectors, I would buy an extra copy or two beacause this is also a beautiful collector's item. Save one for later, you never know when you might want an extra copy as an incredibly special gift. I expect to be reading this book many, many more times.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By S. P. McCauley on October 24, 2007
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Baby, this one will knock your socks off! Brilliant!

Encyclopedic in its content, inspired in its mechanics, this one is a must-have! It stirs the memory, and the heart, and the imagination.

SPOILERS: Letting the reader glimpse behind the Vader face mask is both chilling and poignant. And for the grand finale, you'll find Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker brandishing light sabers that actually light up! You just have to pull the little clear plastic protector tab away from the battery hatch on the back cover and our favorite battling father and son demonstrate a very special effect! Way cool!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By KM on October 31, 2007
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The quality and workmanship that went into making this book is simply amazing. Each page contains an impressive pop-up. This alone would have made the book worth the price. But each page also contains tons of pictures, facts and trivia, and incredible extras.

I bought one for a friends birthday. The day I got it and actually saw how wonderful it is I orderd another for my daughter. This book is a MUST have for any Star Wars fan. For that matter it is a must have for any pop-up collector too.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horwitz on November 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
AMAZING...AMAZING...AMAZING...AMAZING!!! This is by far the most creative POP-UP book related to Star Wars ever published. Matthew Reinharrt equals his genius partner Robert Sabuda in developing the STAR WAR SAGA in 3D. The only question I have is why this masterpiece is so reasonably priced. My personal opinion is people are not yet aware this book in the Star Wars Galaxy of Books has not come to earth yet.

DO NOT PURCHASE THIS WONDERFUL WORK OF ART IF IT IS USED. The detail of this book in all of its glory must be taken care of. If you are thinking about seeing Matthew's wonderful work make sure you examine a sample copy, and before purchasing it open every page to make sure it is in perfect condition. Above all keep it in plastic and take it out only for your enjoyment and the galaxy of friends you want to share it with. This is the type of book that should only be handled by the owner. DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE ELSE TO THUMB THROUGH THE PAGES. This may seem crazy; however, I wear white lint free gloves when handling this masterpiece. This book is easily three inches or more in thickness and if not handled with respect, the pop-up portions can easily be bent or worse. Matthew Reinhart created a work of love, and as a consumer one should treat it as such.

This book will disappear in two or three years. Get it NOW at a price anyone can afford.

I LOVE THIS BOOK MORE THAN ANY OTHER STAR WAR'S BOOK EVER PUBLISHED. It truly is an amazing work for all to enjoy.

Steve Horwitz
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Robert Sabuda and his protégé, Matthew Reinhart, have brought pop-up books back into the mainstream, not only as concept and novelty books for very young children but as genuine works of art and engineering. Their wonderful creations attract readers of all ages, and many a Sabuda/Reinhart project has found its way to coffee tables alongside glossy art books. Reinhart's latest solo effort, STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, is another such project that will find an audience not only among young readers but also among aficionados of paper engineering and, most importantly, nostalgic adult fans of the Star Wars franchise who will revel in this volume, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first Star Wars film.

Reinhart, like many adults his age, was raised on the Star Wars mythology, and his knowledge of and appreciation for the Star Wars universe is apparent through the details he integrates into his paper creations, as well as in his dedication "to the visionary artists of STAR WARS, who fashioned a wondrous, distant galaxy with words, paint, clay, sound, and celluloid, inspiring generations of young artists around the world." The text itself is rich, dense, detailed and filled with the facts, figures and history of the fantastic world George Lucas created.

The book focuses primarily on the characters and events of the three original Star Wars movies, although certain elements of the mythology do come from Episodes 1-3. Topics for the two-page spreads include the geography of the galaxy, discussions of the galaxy's social and political structures, descriptions of vehicles, the history of conflicts between the Rebels and the Empire, and Luke Skywalker's story.
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