Magic Books and Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith



Magic Books and Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith



Booksellers Comments:
This truly innovated book provides two books in one. Looking at the front cover you have MAGIC BOOKS & paper toys… turn the book over and you now have a book called PAPER TOYS & magic books!! When I have been visiting calligraphy groups in the UK I have had on more than one occasion a customer put two books on the table, one showing the front cover and the other the back, and say “I’ll have these to please”. I need to make sure that they know they are buying to copies of the same book.

Publisher’s Synopsis
Magic Books – Whimsical, Beautiful, and Even Kooky - from Easy Pop-Ups to Pocket Movies…
Everyone loves a good book, but what's better than one you've made by hand? And not just any straightforward book, but simple pop-up books, flip books, magic pamphlets, pop-up maps, and accordions! Esther K. Smith unlocks the secrets of making tricky book forms even if you've never worked with paper before.

While some of these 25 projects can be made by kids with a little help from mum or dad, all are designed with the adult in mind – the adult who's a kid at heart! With step-by-step directions and charming illustrations, a few carefully placed cuts and an array of folds and twists almost magically become a colourful, multidimensional book.

Paper Toys – Pretty, Silly, and Even Useful – from Magic Wallets to Exquisite Corpses
Amuse your friends and family with these clever paper toys. Esther K. Smith unlocks the secrets of DIY paper toys that run the gamut from the distracting (cootie catchers and spinners) to the useful (wallets made from paper).You can make these projects even if you've never worked with paper before.

Use the fun, foolproof illustrations, luscious full-colour photos, simple step-by-step instructions, and time-tested techniques to transform a piece of paper into a fantastic flexagon or an exquisite corpse. Delight and amuse yourself with these 25 projects: Some take just a few minutes to make, while others afford hours of entertainment.

ESTHER K. SMITH, author of How to Make Books (also available for, works with letterpress printer Dikko Faust, who founded Purgatory Pie Press. They collaborated with other artists to make PurgaToys, a limited-edition subscription series that is in many rare book collections throughout the United States. Their work is in international rare book collections including the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art. the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Corcoran, the Walker Art Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Esther K. Smith teaches workshops throughout the United States, and every term at Cooper Union in New York City.

What other say about this book: "Making paper spectacles is one of the great tactile joys, and this stunning book brings that pleasure spectacularly to life." – Steven Heller, co-chair of the Designer As Author MFA Program, School of Visual Arts

"Esther K. Smith is the Betty Crocker of bookmaking – and it's a calorie-free hobby! Yay!" – Simon Doonan, Creative Director Barneys New York.

"This ingenious, beautifully-designed book brings the miracle of paper structures to readers of all ages. Esther Smith brings her expertise as a book maker and paper folder extraordinaire to this delightful volume that is packed with projects and ideas." – Ellen Lupton, author of DIY: Design It Yourself and D.I.Y. Kids

Click on the links below to see other books by Esther K Smith available from
How to Make Books
The Paper Bride

1st edition, 2008, paperback, 144pp, full colour throughout, packed with instructive illustrations, 19 x 19 cm

Magic Books and Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith
£16.99 EUR 20.95