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Robert Crowther's Pop-Up House of Inventions: Hundreds of Fabulous Facts About Your Home

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"Junior trivia masters will pore over this pop-up book." — Child Magazine

Would you believe that a scientist caught a cold and died while conducting experiments in early refrigeration? Did you know that soap was once made from goat fat? Can you guess how pumpernickel bread got its name? Did you know there is polytetrafl uoroethylene somewhere in your kitchen? It’s all true!
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Hardcover, 12 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by Candlewick Press
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Betsy
Mar 05, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
I have a highly developed scientific method in place that allows me to determine whether or not a children’s picture book title is going to be popular or not. Here is what I do:

1. I leave the book on top of my desk at work.
2. I wait.
3. If the book remains untouched, unexamined, and unattended for a day then it may be fine and dandy but it doesn’t have that instantaneous oomph. If, however, I find my co-workers and library clerks picking it up and cooing over it for long periods of time, THAT, my
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Becky
Mar 11, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
Every now and then a book surprises me. Such is the case with Pop-Up House of Inventions. I expected it to be at least somewhat interesting. What I didn't expect was to find it entertaining and fascinating and oh-so-cool. Some pop-up books are more thrilling than others. Some are simple. Some are complex. Some are intricate. Some are amazingly intricate. Such is the case with Robert Crowther's Pop-Up House of Inventions. Each pop-up spread offers something--many somethings in fact--to delight ...more
Rebecca
Aug 19, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tamara
Pop-up nonfiction that is also sort of like a dollhouse -- how can you not love this book? It won't endure long on library shelves, so see it while you can. Peek inside cupboards and closets for additional trivia tidbits about all the inventions you'd find in the rooms of an average house -- one room per page turn. The print is tiny, but will reward those who love seek-and-find books (and yes, there is a tiny naked guy in the shower). I actually never thought about how "an increase in the middle ...more
Tamara
Jul 22, 2009 Tamara rated it it was ok
For some reason, this book seemed extremely boring to me. I think it's because the facts are so straightforward. I tend not to even bother with basic facts such as the first roller shades were early 1760s because I will promptly forget them.

I guess this is more a flaw in myself than the book, but it didn't hold the same appeal for me as it did for Becky.
Lindsey Rogers
The facts in this book are laid out and very straight forward which is wonderful for young students. They will love looking at the book because it is a pop up! You can talk about inventions using this book, have students come up with their own inventions, or even make pop ups with the students. Either way this is destined to be a wonderful lesson. 3rd to 5th.
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Very cool popups - story was all about when things were invented.
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Robert Crowther, a master paper engineer, first discovered the wonders of 3D illustration in art school. "I just loved the way things came alive when you did them in 3D. Particularly if something is flat, then it moves when you open it. It is the surprise element."


The idea for ROBERT CROWTHER'S MOST AMAZING HIDE-AND-SEEK ALPHABET BOOK, which launched his career as a leader in the world of pop-ups,
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