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

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 5 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Chronicle Books (first published October 27th 2015)
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Nadhira Ghina Ramadhanti
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-up
Mesmerizing ! Particularly liked the Planetarium page but this book is an interesting read for kids as there's so much for them to explore !
Joan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Within the pages of this remarkable book, readers will find paper pop-ups that include a musical instrument with strings and a paper pick for strumming, a decoder ring, a perpetual calendar, a planetarium for projecting constellations, a cone speaker, and a spiralgraph.

Each model is fully functional and can be used by the reader to pick notes and strum chords, create [or break] a code, find any date, project a constellation and stargaze at the night sky, amply sound, or create a geometric drawin
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Gary
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-max
Amazing. I particularly enjoy the Planetarium page but overall the entire set is really clever. It’s a great “book” to get your imagination rolling. I look forward to exploring this more when my son gets older.
Chad
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
You don't so much read this book from designer Kelli Anderson (it's only 5 pop-up pages long) as play with it. Create a planetarium with your smartphone flashlight, strum a paper guitar, draw super cool spiralgraphs. What a fun tool/toy for kids and kids-at-heart.
Becky
This doesn't count as a read as such, but I just had to document it! It's an absolutely gorgeous book with immense creativity, imagination and wondrously exciting! I love it and would wholeheartedly recommend it!
Jesse
This book is SO COOL! Berry was obsessed with the planetarium and instrument pages. I had a lot of fun with the calendar and decoder ring. :)
Janet
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cool! More a a series of interactive activities than a book.
marlise
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really fun and interactive, especially with a crazy little brother. Better than 600 black spots!
Susan
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun action-packed book!
Deb
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Neat pop-up book that actually has stuff you can interact with.
Timothy
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of "Technical Communication", https://www.stc.org/techcomm/2018/05/....

When selecting a book by title alone, you may think that This Book is a Planetarium and Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions may be a generalization about the book’s contents. Perhaps the book is about planetariums, projecting stars, or constellations. However, in this case, the book folds out to become a rudimentary planetarium, powered by the light of a cell phone or
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