This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions (Hardcover)

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Simply put, this book is brilliant. This book had the ability to put the Ursa Major and Capricornus on my ceiling. It gave me the opportunity to strum a few chords on a guitar. It allowed me to set a secret code that only my friend could decipher. Whoever said pop-up books were for children has clearly never experienced this book, but they ought to. Both educational and wildly fun, this book is for people of all ages. 

— Emily


Never has humble paper had such radical ambitions.

Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound. Artist Kelli Anderson contributes enlightening text alongside each pop-up, explaining the scientific principles at play in her constructions and creating an interactive experience that's as educational as it is extraordinary. Inspiring awe that lasts long after the initial pop, This Book Is a Planetarium leaves readers of all ages with a renewed appreciation for the way things work--and for the enduring magic of books.

About the Author

Kelli Anderson is a Brooklyn-based artist, graphic designer, and self-identified "tinkerer."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781452136219
ISBN-10: 1452136211
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 5
Language: English