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Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe Hardcover – October 29, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Transformers
  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: LB Kids; Pop edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316186627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316186629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Reinhart has created many bestselling, award-winning pop-up books, including DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book and Star Wars: The Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy. He is also the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling Encyclopedia Prehistorica pop-up series. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Matthew lives in New York City.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Great paper engineering and art work.
Burt Lee Thompson
If you have a collection of this type of books this one is a must have.
Pamela
The bf loved it like a 12 yr old boy on Christmas morning...
Emily

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Chavez IV on October 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This introduction to the Transformers universe, as told through a stunning series of pop-up pages, is brilliant.

The illustrations by Santalucia are fantastic, expertly blending the Generation One, live-action movie franchise, and Prime styles of Transformers character art into one cohesive and beautiful hybrid. There are little easter eggs hidden in the art as well, with some rather obscure and surprising characters making appearances.

Reinhart's paper engineering is sheer genius. The pop-ups are huge, elaborate affairs that flip and fold from one mode to the next. Each turn of the page reveals another amazing work of art, showcasing characters and motifs that are prevalent in Transformers fiction. Unicron (available in the deluxe hardcover edition) transforms from a planet to a robot, with the end result looking not unlike the poster art for the 1986 animated Transformers film. Other wonderful examples include Omega Supreme, the Combaticons, and the Transformers home planet of Cybertron, which changes into a scene of the Autobots and Decepticons battling on Earth.

This is a breathtaking addition to my collection. Care should be taken if this book is intended as a gift for small hands, as the pop-ups are very intricate. I highly recommend it to paper art fans, and to fans of the Transformers. This book is truly marvelous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamahv on November 13, 2013
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This book boggles the mind. The artistry? Glorious! The mechanical operation? INGENIOUS! Buy this for yourself, buy it as a gift for just about anyone. If you are reading reviews to help you make up your mind - stop NOW and get this book! My cleaning lady and I looked through Transformers together today in complete awe. We'd turn a page, be amazed, then operate a pull-tab to perform a transformation so entirely unexpected and amazing that it took the breath away. I don't think I've ever written a review with as much enthusiasm as I'm writing this one. Wish there were some punctuation mark that was more emphatic than an exclamation point!!

One caveat: The pop-ups are so complex and intricate that they should not be handled by any but the most careful and respectful person. This book is a treasure, worth treating tenderly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MP_NY on November 12, 2013
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The engineering wizardry of making PAPER transform cars and planes into robots is just great fun to marvel at. Highly recommended for fans of Transformers from the 1980s. I'm (very carefully) sharing it with my 3 year old son who is yelling "Transform" at the book as he pulls and pushes the tabs. I'll be buying copies for several of my friends to share with their boys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dingjob on November 10, 2013
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This is an awesome book with creative pop ups! If you like Transformers or just like pop up books, this is a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burt Lee Thompson on November 8, 2013
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An outstanding pop-up book. One of the very best of Matthew Reinhart's pop-up books. Very clever pop-up transformations. Great paper engineering and art work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2014
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I love this book!
The engineering that went into the papercraft is just amazing.
I have several of the author's other books, but this one is the most impressive from that standpoint.

One drawback, it is pretty short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ferrara on January 14, 2014
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This book is great. My son loved it. A matter of fact, the whole family loved it. I couldn't believe the detail on the pop ups. My only concern is some of the big pop ups were hard to pull on and make pop. This lead to a disaster on one of the pop ups. So if you get this go easy on it. They will pop up, just takes some breaking in. The Megatron pop up tank was the toughest to pull. I would have given this book 5 stars if they functioned smoother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dtpexpert on November 21, 2013
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I purchased these for my 2 sons who grew up with transformer toys. I am sure they will love the memories these books provide.
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