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This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions (Popup Book for Kids and Adults, Interactive Planetarium Book, Cool Books for

This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions (Popup Book for Kids and Adults, Interactive Planetarium Book, Cool Books for

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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. 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.

This Book is a Planetarium is an interactive book for adults and kids that turns into:

  • A working planetarium book projecting constellations on the ceilings and walls
  • A musical instrument with strings to strum
  • A geometric drawing generator
  • An infinite calendar
  • A message decoder
  • A speaker that amplifies sound
  • If you've enjoyed Matthew Reinhart's A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes and Robert Sabuda's Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up, then you'll love This Book is a Planetarium.

    This collection of cool popup fun makes for the perfect roommate gifts for girls and guys and falls under the following book categories:

  • Adult Popup Books
  • Pop Up Science Books
  • Paper Toys Books
  • TREE HOUSES: FAIRY TALE CASTLE

    TREE HOUSES: FAIRY TALE CASTLE

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    The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Tree houses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. This stunningly illustrated study offers a tour of the best tree houses in the world, some designed by architects, others the work of unknown craftsmen. A teahouse, a restaurant, a hotel, a playhouse for children, or a perch from which to contemplate life--the tree house can take as many forms as the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of space. Climb into this trove of tree houses and enjoy a new perspective on the world. 50 tree houses from around the world

    Covers all different styles, from romantic to modern

    Every house is depicted in several photos as well as one illustration by artist Patrick Hruby from Los Angeles (who also created the book's cover artwork)

    Helpful short biographies of all architects

    TURNER

    TURNER

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    In the work of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) lies an impact akin to a sudden acquisition of sight. His landscapes and seascapes scorch the eye with such ravishing light and color, with such elemental force, it is as if the sun itself were gleaming out of the frame.

    Appropriately known as "the painter of light," Turner worked in print, watercolor, and oils to transform landscape from serene contemplative scenes to pictures pulsating with life. He anchored his work to the River Thames and to the sea, but in the historical context of the Industrial Revolution, also integrated boats, trains, and other markers of human activity, which juxtaposes the thrust of civilization against the forces of nature.

    This book covers Turner's illustrious, wide-ranging repertoire to introduce an artist who combined a traditional genre with a radical modernism.

    About the series

    Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:

    a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance

    a concise biography

    approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

    Unwinding: And Other Dreamings

    Unwinding: And Other Dreamings

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    A highly illustrated pillow book to prompt dreaming and creativity by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning artist Jackie Morris

    Longlisted for the 2021 Kate Greenaway Medal

    "A quiet masterpiece . . . a love story, a hope story, a story out of time, out of stricture, out of the narrow artificial bounds by which we try to contain the wild wonderland of reality because we are too frightened to live wonder-stricken." --Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

    "The tales feel like half-remembered dreams, peopled with fairytale characters and magnificent creatures." -- Rebecca Armstrong, i Paper Best Books of 2020

    This book is not meant to be read from cover to cover.

    Instead, it is a book for dreamers. Its purpose? To ease the soul.

    From award-winning writer/illustrator Jackie Morris, on the heels of 2020'sThe Lost Spells, is a book that enters the realm of dreaming. With its combination of lush illustration and creative storytelling, this book is destined to become a classic.

    The paintings between these covers were worked in the between times--between waking and dreaming, during the unwinding of the soul, when the pressures of work were too much.

    Half-story, half-fairytale, Jackie Morris has created an enchanting tome, to keep on the bedside table, to give as a gift to young and old alike.

    Threaded through the curious world ofThe Unwinding are words, there to set the reader's mind adrift from their own troubles and the into peaceful harbors where imagination can stretch, and where quiet reflection can bring peace.

    The Unwinding
    is designed to be a companion, a talisman to be turned to again and again and a place of respite from an increasingly frenetic and complex world.

    Dreams and wishes are the inspiration at times like this.

    VERMEER

    VERMEER

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    Though numbering just 35 known works, the oeuvre of Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is hailed as one of the most important and inspiring portfolios in art history. His paintings have prompted a New York Times best seller, a film starring Scarlett Johansson, and record visitor numbers at art institutions from Amsterdam to Washington.

    Vermeer's subjects focus on daily domestic activities, from letter writing to music playing to preparations in the kitchen. The scenes astound with their meticulous detail, majestic planes of light, and with Vermeer's extraordinary ability to draw out narrative intrigues. In such beloved paintings as Lady Standing at a Virginal, A Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid and, most famously, the enigmatic, wide-eyed, and enchanting Girl with a Pearl Earring, Vermeer evokes not only the effects of substance and texture, but also the many stories and secrets that reside beneath the surface.

    Featuring all Vermeer's known works and succinct, accessible texts, this essential introduction explores Vermeer's leading place in art history and his unique ability to transform oil paint into a living, breathing scene of human life.

    About the series

    Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:

    a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance

    a concise biography

    approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

    WABI-SABI

    WABI-SABI

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    Twenty-plus years after the initial publication of Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, Leonard Koren is back with further insights into this seminal aesthetic paradigm. An important book for art and design theorists, and other thoughtful creators.


    Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

    Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

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    An updated version of the classic volume on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Every book about wabi-sabi is based on the paradigm introduced in the original edition of this book.
    WARHOL

    WARHOL

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    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is hailed as the most important proponent of the Pop art movement. A critical and creative observer of American society, he explored key themes of consumerism, materialism, media, and celebrity.

    Drawing on contemporary advertisements, comic strips, consumer products, and Hollywood's most famous faces, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of what constituted artistic subject matter. Through Warhol, a Campbell's soup can and Coca Cola bottle became as worthy of artistic status as any traditional still life. At the same time, Warhol reconfigured the role of the artist. Famously stating "I want to be a machine," he systematically reduced the presence of his own authorship, working with mass-production methods and images, as well as dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed the Factory.

    This book introduces Warhol's multifaceted, prolific oeuvre, which revolutionized distinctions between "high" and "low" art and integrated ideas of living, producing, and consuming that remain central questions of modern experience.

    About the series

    Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features:

    a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance

    a concise biography

    approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

    WAYS OF SEEING

    WAYS OF SEEING

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    John Berger's seminal text on how to look at art

    John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures. By now he has.

    The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace. --Geoff Dyer

    Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation. --Peter Fuller, Arts Review
    WHOS AFRAID OF CONTEMP ART

    WHOS AFRAID OF CONTEMP ART

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    What is contemporary art? What makes it contemporary? Who is it for? And why is it so expensive?

    From museums and the art market to biennials and the next big thing, Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? offers concise and pointed insights into today's art scene, decoding "artspeak," explaining what curators do, demystifying conceptual art, exploring emerging art markets, and more. In this easy-to-navigate A to Z guide, the authors' playful explanations draw on key artworks, artists, and events from around the globe, including how the lights going on and off won the Turner Prize, what makes the likes of Marina Abramovic´ and Ai Weiwei such great artists, and why Kanye West would trade his Grammys to be one.

    Packed with behind-the-scenes information and delightfully free from jargon, this paperback edition of Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? is the perfect gallery companion and the go-to guide for when the next big thing leaves you stumped.