- 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
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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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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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.
The real centerpiece here, of course, is Reinhart's incredible talent for papercraft engineering, and the epic complexity of the pop-up designs featured in the book. Thumbing through its pages, you'll encounter ever-increasingly intricate versions of the Transformers Universe's most popular characters, leaping from form to form with one pull of a paper tab. Standouts here are a jaw-dropping two-page pop-out of our heroes' home planet of Cybertron (that plops open neatly into a battle scene reminiscent of many a Hasbro box top) and an enormous Omega Supreme that leaps so far out from the page that you'll fight the urge to duck and cover.
It's important to note, however, that the book's elaborate papercraft designs require some delicacy when they are manipulated or folded back into the book, as this is not your childhood's pop-up scenario. Some of the designs require some coaxing in and out of their "transformations," at the very least during a first read-through. Those buying this book for a younger child may want to provide lap-side supervision to prevent frustration or unwanted damage to the pop-ups.
Older fans will certainly enjoy the book for its many character call-outs and Easter eggs, some plucked from the relative obscurity of foreign toy releases and early comic book pages. Younger fans will marvel at the pop-up designs themselves and the overall exuberance of the book's presentation. A small error or two might bother the hardcore enthusiast (Bio details from one character being misplaced with another's, for instance) but in a sense it wouldn't be a book for Transformers fans if there wasn't something here at which to raise a critical eyebrow.
Overall, Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe is one of the few Transformers books out there that hits a sweet spot in what most of us love about the Transformers. Absent are the dark cynicism of the mythos' live action films, the inconsistency of its adolescent years, and the constant self-referential miasma that clouds more recent comics and books. It's a Transformers pop-up book, for crying out loud, and it's as cool, if not cooler, than you'd hope it would be.
If you like transformers then you will enjoy this book. If you like pop up books, you will love this book.
The information in the book wasn't anything spectacular. It has a number of information entries about various transformers, their history, and locations. This book really shines in the pop up features. Throughout the book the pages not only pop up to make scenes of robots, the robots have pull tabs to transform.