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The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions Paperback – September 28, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (September 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402734042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402734045
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lapre on January 23, 2007
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I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this book. I had been loooking for a "science-y" type book to donate to my son's kindergarten class - something to get kids excited about science other than dinosaurs. Well, my son got so excited when he started "getting" the illusions that I literally thought he was going to have a potty accident. He wanted to look at page after page - some of the illusions he got right away and others he didn't really see, but he was not deterred. In fact, the whole family - both parents and 2 kids, looked at the book enthusiastically for much of the night. There are hundreds of excellent photos with nice simple captions. The book is very entertaining and offers a broad array of types of optical illusions. The book does not describe how or why these illusions work, so if you are looking for that, you'll need to look elsewhere. But for a great collection of optical illusions - suitable for your coffee table or your children's classroom, you will not be disappointed. I am going to look at Seckel's other books to buy another!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Runski on December 2, 2008
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This book of optical illusions, by Al Seckel, is the best I have ever seen. I wish that you could look inside this book on Amazon because the cover does not really do the inside justice. You can look at each page for quite some time and all of the sudden your eye will see the illusion in a whole new way. This book is not only made of awesome illusions, the book itself is made on heavy, sturdy paper that will last a very long time... even on a coffee table. This book is fun for most ages and is really entertaining!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ameliablue on November 4, 2008
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My students love this book. During our "Adventure in a book" time, this book is the first to disappear from my shelves!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suz on February 13, 2011
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Got this for my tween daughter for Christmas & she loved it (well, at least it grabbed her attention for about a week or so, which at that age is amazing for any gift!). It really was a conversation starter and was passed around quite a bit during the holiday. Was cool that my 10 yr old, along with myself & the grandparents all found pages in the book of interest - really spans the ages. Book is set up where each page has a different "style" of illusion & it gives the name of what that type of illusion is called. Eye-tricks & hidden pictures on each page was fun to skim through. Great for the price, under $9 shipped.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By godswatchman on May 16, 2009
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I'm a third grade teacher. I have a reading corner where students can go after finishing an assignment. This book is one of the many books there. For the last 2 weeks since placing this book there, it has been always grabbed up first with many comments such as..."I can't believe how this can work" or " This is amazing!". This is just the reason why I purchased it. My desire is to awaken and feed the desire for learning and discovery in these students and this book is certainly helping!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie Capps on December 21, 2008
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I let my 13 year old son open this present up early. He is a gamer and stays on his xbox360 and computer as much I will let him. The book drew his interest and he has spent hours figuring out the illusions. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Rountree on December 5, 2012
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The book was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be, with many pages of illusions. The paper was not thin as a reading book, but thicker so will last a lot longer. The illusions, some I had seen before, kept me going from page to page and section to section, not wanting to put it down. I got this as a Christmas present for my niece. After seeing it, I ordered another for a gift, but may just keep it for myself. This is not for very young kids as they will be confused, but from 10 or older. It's fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ali Julia #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on September 20, 2012
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This is a type of the book that can fascinate one for hours. I spent a long time on most of the images first trying to figure out what the image is, then how my brain perceived, and then how the artist managed to accomplish the illusion. Some of the images were familiar to me prior to reading this book, but most were not.

This book contains 349 images. One image per page with a title and a short caption/explanation. I am posting a sample of a typical page under customer photos to give you a better idea of what you are getting. The short caption leads you to more exploring of the image on your own, and I enjoyed the experience very much. Some images have multiple images, some straight lines appear to be bent, some images appear to be moving, some things that are equal in length do not appear to be equal. It is pretty amazing to see how our brains can be fooled!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book is sitting on my coffee table and most of my guests enjoy looking through the images as well. I recommend it!

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