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Grade 2–5—A perplexing follow-up to One Red Dot (S & S, 2005). Intricately designed paper sculptures are paired with fragmented text containing words in alphabetical order. In each of the nine boldly colored spreads, readers are asked to look for a "Blue 2" hidden somewhere in the illustration. Both the language and the images are highly abstract ("Jubilant Kookiness Laughing" is paired with white pop-up cones emitting colorful curving lines and dots); the vocabulary is often quite challenging ("Mobile Nonsense Oscillating"); and some of the concepts are difficult to grasp ("Exploding Yin and Yang Zone"). Often, the sought-after Blue 2 is a bit too elusive. While the pop-ups are innovative and exciting and the graphic design is enticing, this book will be beyond the grasp of many young readers.—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.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Collectible Pop-Up
  • Hardcover: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Nov Pop edition (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416917810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416917816
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Give a man one red dot and it'll start to give him ideas. When I reviewed David A. Carter's, "One Red Dot", back in 2005, I thought it to be one of the cleverest little exercises in contemporary design I'd ever had the privilege to enjoy. Under normal circumstances, good design in children's books feels like an ungodly mix of adult dollars and misbegotten enterprise. Carter is different. "One Red Dot" was fun for both kids and their parents AND was seriously attractive to the old eyeballs. But though I am a children's librarian I do not track the career of David A. Carter, and so it was with the greatest of shock that I received a package from Simon & Schuster containing an unexpected sequel, "Blue 2". "Blue 2" features a sparkly cover with the words of the title made up entirely of iridescent dots. It also features alphabetic phrases of a peculiar nature, a scavenger hunt for an elusive number, and more skips and tricks than most of the beautiful pop-up books you'll find on the market today.

Open the book before you. On the first page, forgoing publication information or even an introduction of some sort, the first thing you see are two yellow pages and a small forest of trees that have sprung up to greet you. The first words of the title, "Abundant Blossoms Collide" indicate that as you go through the pages of "Blue 2" you will find an alphabetic guide to help you along. Now the reader must search closely within the blossoms to find the blue 2 hidden (remarkably well) amongst the foliage. Once you've done that you can move on and find a far easier "glistening Blue 2". And so it goes. Before your eyes Carter conjures up hypnotic swirls and the first practical use of spandex I've ever seen in a children's title.
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My 7-year old step daughter and I love love LOVE this book. The intricate pop-ups and the abstract art make it a pure wonder for the eyes. The added bonus of searching for the Blue 2's make it even more amazing. We attracted at least 3 questioning people when we were reading it at a restaurant the other night...that's how superlative it is!!!

We're also addicted to "One Red Dot", but I think (for the challenge appeal) this one is better for older children...we were frustrated for ages trying to find the 2 on the first and last page. I wouldn't recommend it for a young crowd, as it is very delicate, but it will awe both adults and children.
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I think my title says it all. I bought this book because my kids and I absolutely loved the Red Dot book. We certainly enjoyed the Blue 2, but it was a bit harder for the kids (5 & 7) and they lost interest early. If you are buying this book for an adult - I think you shouldn't hesitate. You will love the ingenuity of the pop-ups.
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I'm not sure how they make these books so inexpensive... but for those of you who say books are nearing the end of their existence... get one of David Carter's books. This is the second in the series. I'm not sure how many there are but "not enough..."
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WOW! a fabulous book with popups like i've never seen before. intricate paper cut outs which hide the blue 2 that you have to search for. my advice...if using for young children (3 year olds) open the book and unfurl the popups first. older children would be more gentle with the book...but younger children, with the help of an adult, will certainly love this book and will love searching for the hidden blue 2. supervision is a must for the young set so that the popups don't rip.
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I love this book! All of my kids, aged 5 - 11 enjoyed trying to find the "Blue 2" they make it just challenging enough, but not too hard. The pages were really interesting. Great purchase
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I just ordered other books by this author, my class loved the story, and it inspired me to come up with a great follow up activity, which was on blue construction paper. The activity was to have the children hide our number of the month 16 in blue, with other items also in blue. I was so amazed at how creative they were in hiding their blue 16. In addition I added new vocabulary words like glistening, and teirling
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LOVE "One Red Dot" the Blue 2 is also good but not quite as good as the original because: a) the sculptures are more delicate and several have ripped, b) the twos are so well hidden, I still haven't found them all and c) there are several twos that you can only see if you do something to bring the top half & bottom half of the 2 together (e.g. twirl the disk so that you see the top half on one side connected to the bottom half on the other side - anyway, given a & b above, it makes for a less satisfying book. Still, more complex and interesting than the bug books so I'd get it again.
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