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Yellow Square: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages Hardcover – September 30, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Pop edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416940936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416940937
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 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: #541,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–6—Carter takes paper engineering to new creative heights in this fourth in a pop-up series that combines imagination-stirring visuals with open-ended texts and seek-and-find elements. Here, readers look for a yellow square incorporated into illustrations in primary colors that burst with clever innovations and visual effects. The shape appears in various hiding spots: on a tab that spins around "Uncle Theo's trapeze" (a bar raised into the air by two triangular supports), within a paper swirl that lifts—slinky like—into a tall spiral and then (amazingly) recoils back to a flat page, and as part of a giant 3-D "Doodle on white" sculpture. A removable square with a cut-out middle can be peered through to make yellow strips look like yellow boxes. "Square tubes bloom" as card-stock stalks blossom up from a blue background, each displaying a delicate flower, evoking the solidity and fluidity of coral. The pop-ups incorporate interesting materials—yarn, red netting (think vegetable packaging), and a translucent waxy paper that allows readers to view shapes through "the fog of art"—possibly inspiring collages or sculptures made from found objects. This book will fuel creative thought, initiate discussion about artistic perception, and elicit plain old "wows" from kids.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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About the Author

David A. Carter is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. Also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series, featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise, he lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters.

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I have a 22 month old who loves this book.
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Cut pop up with interesting and colorful works inside.
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The uncomplicated text makes it a fun read-aloud, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcia N. Blatt on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The fun of David Carter's "Yellow Square" is truly for all ages, from two to ninety-two. His clever and complex pop-up designs, bright colors, and the elusive little yellow squares make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience each time one turns the pages of this delightful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mister hernandez on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Yellow Square is a terrific follow-up to the other books in David A. Carter's color series that began with One Red Dot in 2005. Children will delight in the complex paper constructions. I know my students love David Carter's color books in particular and I can't keep them in the library. The uncomplicated text makes it a fun read-aloud, too. One of the most creative aspects of the series is how Mr. Carter has built in elements of the previous titles. In Blue 2, the aforementioned Dot makes a cameo appearance and in 600 Black Spots, not only does the Dot return, but Carter artfully conceals the Blue 2. All appear in Yellow Square, which like the other titles demands great care and is not for the littlest of children. The paper constructions won't stand up to children who don't care for their books. Still, for those who would treat Yellow Square as an art piece or a mini-gallery in a book, this is a excellent addition to your coffee table or your child's home library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Children's Toy Enthusiast on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Each time I open a new book by David A Carter I am delighted by what I find. I started with Feely Bugs Feely Bugs: To Touch and Feel Book (Bugs in a Box Books) for my then infant son - We've moved onto bigger and grander David Carter books, I helped my son to buy Yellow Square for Daddy for Christmas - It really is a Pop-up Book for children of all ages. I would happily recommend every other David A Carter creation - sight unseen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann W. Blackstone on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a retired grandparent living on Social Security, I spend my $ as wisely as I can. This is a wonderful gift!!
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the author's previous 3 books: One Red Dot, Blue 2 and 600 Black Spots. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by this book. It is quite derivative from the earlier works and offers little in the way of imagination, fun or whimsy. Unless you are a collector and want the book for completeness, I would recommend the earlier works as alternatives, especially for gift giving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book Queen on December 15, 2009
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Fun and entertaining for all ages, bought it for a child and a 19 year old couldn't just read it once. Hard time giving this one away.
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By Megan E. Myers on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We received this book as a gift for our infant son prior to his birth. I am typically not a fan of pop-up books so I wasn't too pleased that we had received it. I started reading to my son when he was about two months old and by about three months old he became so excited by books that he ended up with papercuts every time I read him a story. So, I decided to see if he would be interested in this book......he loves it. He is now four months old, and I bring it out about once a week and he just loves to stare and reach for the items on the pages (I have to try really hard to keep it out of his reach as the pages are delicate). I imagine it will get better with age when he can actually search for the yellow squares!
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My 27 month old loves this book and asks for it by name. Unfortunately, many of the little bits have been torn off in her exhilirated exploration of the pages. They are a bit delicate in their intricacies. I do let her look at the book on her own; it was a gift to her, and I don't like to protect her own things from her too much. There is a look of joy on her face everytime she sees the three dimensions of each page. Despite the missing pieces (some of them yellow squares), her Yellow Square book is still holding her fascination.
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