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Paper Wonderland: 32 Terribly Cute Toys Ready to Cut, Fold & Build Paperback – May 18, 2010
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Each toy template is laid out on a heavily designed page, with a different and complementary design on the back side of the page. This is terrific because every facet of the toy has a design that leads to its cuteness, and it makes you feel like you're getting more for the money. (Unlike other paper toy books where you're flipping through and there's white on the back side of every page). Some of the photos were so-so, however, the toys ended up super cute every time. What's great about this title is that when you're done making the toys in the book (or if you don't want to destroy this tremendously cute book), the publisher includes an url to download the templates for free.
Paper Wonderland is divided into chapters which are themed out:
* Neighborhood: House, Kids, Umbrellas, Toaster (love it!), Camera
* Forest: Trees & Mushrooms, Gnome, Apple mobile, Bear, Owl, Bunny, Mustaches (a bit of a random insert)
* Ocean: Pirate Ghost, Whale, Octopus (karate-style!), Turtle, Treasure Box, Hermit Crab, Parachute Note
* Jungle: Leafy Fan, Elephant, Monkey, Alligator, Tiger, Giraffe, Airplane
* City: Burger, Skyline (very easy), Car, Bed with a Sleepy Sloth
The author (illustrator?) did a terrific job with this book -- I flipped through it for several days just looking at the designs before making any toys.
This book is perfect if you like little toys that are quick to make, or to give as a gift to a graphic designer.
Cover to cover, Paper Wonderland is ridiculously cute. The toys are skillfully and cleverly designed and each one has thorough instructions that make building fun and easy. In each chapter of the book takes you on an adventure through a different part of "Paper Wonderland," making the book feel like much more than just a collection of activities. In each chapter you'll meet new characters and make new friends, and the more toys you build, the more you'll feel like you're bringing a little paper world to life. Be careful, though, the toys definitely have a "just one more" quality and before you know it you'll be burning the midnight oil and running out of shelf space.
What really stands out about Paper Wonderland is the fantastic design. The designer/author, Michelle Romo, seems influenced by cute, Kawaii style Japanese art without seeming derivative. Her designs are creative and fresh and she has an amazing eye for color. Her attention to detail is also impeccable, and it all adds up to a very complete-feeling, beautifully presented book.
But most of all, the book is just really, really of fun. The toys themselves range in complexity, making it good source for family projects, even if the kids are different ages. The toys are all so neat you'll want to give them names and make up little stories about their lives.Read more ›
Inexpensive and fun... Highly recommended.
if you are at it, get the papertoy monsters too, it is comparatively better, and complement with this book.
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Cute and clever - lots of fun projects.
Note: this is more of a CUT OUT Book than a pattern book.
5 and 7 year old grandkids enjoyed. Some help was needed.Published 19 months ago by Janice Schienke
Lots of fun. Great for children and parents to work on together. Might be too challenging for just a child to work on alone.Published on August 18, 2014 by Nat
I loved playing with paper dolls as a kid, and this book puts those simplistic tabbed dolls to shame! Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Catherine Peters
I didn't want to cut up the book so i used it as a reference to make my own little toysPublished on August 27, 2013 by Tommy B. Roberts
These are sooo cute! This is a great gift for a creative individual- child or adult! Terribly cute projects; highly recommended!Published on January 24, 2013 by Nobody