Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books; Csm Nov edition (November 5, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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The concept of this book is wonderful- a batch of pre-cut, pop-out colored pieces of paper are folded, crimped and assembled into adorable puppy shapes.The execution, however,,,We gifted this to our 9 year old niece for the holiday, and tried to do a quick puppy (ok, that sounds wrong) with her to show what the resulting shape would be. Granted, the lighting was not brilliant, nor the dexterity of anyone involved by the time we set out to accomplish this- but the lack of directions left the assembly to our imagination, as well of that of our niece, who sweetly said "it's ok, I can try this later" as I pondered just how much heat and satisfaction the book might give off when placed in the fire.Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and she's promised pictures when she gets them put together.It's been a week, now- no pics as of yet.
I purchased paper pups because i thought it would be a good "hands-on" project for a child who absolutely adores dogs. The paper pups are cute once completed, but are very difficult to put together because Papermade neglected to include any sort of instructional material. You take a gamble each time you attempt to put together one of the pups because there is no room for error...... crease and fold and hope that by the end of it all you will have a puppy and not an upset child. The tabs are very flimsy so good luck trying to fit those into the provided slits, after a few attempts i gave up and opted to use clear tape. You will also need glue to keep some of the heads in place otherwise you wind up with an awkward looking pup.
Purchased this at Crate&Barrel for 8yr old grandson. It was difficult for him to put the pups together and after trying two of them he put the book aside. The instructions were not clear. We expected that was it for this gift. Our 11 yr old grandson came over and saw this as a challenge and together they tried to put them together. The 11 yr old also had a few problems when he came to us for help and we found several pups where the parts were not correct. The idea of this book is great, but the actual work is difficult. Would not recommend this for young children under 11 years old.
The dogs are cute when they FINALLY come together, some instructions would have been helpful and made the construction more enjoyable.
There are two things that stand out to me about Paper Pups: design and quality. The book is beautifully laid out (simple and clean), the dogs are sweet and unique, and the paper quality is sturdy and luxurious. Assembling has been simple so far. Perfect gift for anyone who loves dogs...or cool things made of paper!
Bought this as a gift for people who are better at putting things together than I am! They do look easy to put together, but one has to find the directions online. I would have preferred the directions put into the book. They do not look very complicated though! I think they will be adorable when finished!
Not sure why all the One Stars, but it's a well thought-out activity book. My 4 year old daughter received this as a Christmas present. We had a great time putting them together. Yes, there are no instructions, but seriously. you do NOT need instructions to pop out the pre-cut designs and fold along the pre-creased lines. Seriously people, think! My kid figured it out and she's half the recommended age. Anyone that is familiar with the japanese art of Papercrafting will appreciate this book as it is pre-colored and pre-cut designs of 20 dogs. Yes, true the final 3-D paper design aren't exactly what the cartoon-ish drawing of the dog at the top of the page, but it's still pretty darn cute. I docked one star for the fact that i think they should have used thicker card-stock as the mini tabs crunch a little too easily to be inserted into the pre-cut slits sometimes. You do not need glue or scissors for everything to stay together IF you know how to create a creased edge along paper! You just have to be slow, and insert one edge of the tabs first before the other as they are scallop shaped as to lock-into place when inserted. Worse case? if you have a very small flat-head screwdriver to help put in the tab then yea it would save some time, but you can do without it. We made the Pug and the Golden retriever first and they're really cute. The poodle in the cup, eh. not so much.
Review from my 8 year old: I didn't like it because the directions were not in the book. They were on the computer, but they didn't really explain what to do and they were hard to follow. The book said that it is good from age 7, but it's too hard for me and I am 8. They were soooo hard to make. I got really frustrated. Get the American Girl Paper Shapers book instead. I wish they made more of those.
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