December 26, 2015 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
Paper Pets: 10 Pets to Pop Out and Play With! by Ruby Taylor and Richard Jewitt. Paperback sized 8.5 x 12 inches with 68 pages. Published in the USA by Walter Foster Jr., an imprint of the Quarto Publishing Group, in September 2015. First published in the UK by Ivy Press in 2015.
Paper Pets is an activity book featuring 10 different pets to pop out, assemble*, and play with! There’s a kitty, a dog, a hamster, a guinea pig, a pair of birds, a pooch (probably a chi-chi), a parrot, a bunny, a tortoise, and three fish in a bowl. Each pet is given a name and comes with food and/or accessories. (*The only supply you need to make the paper pets and their accessories is a small tube of white glue — I used Elmer’s®.)
Each paper pet project begins with a full page featuring the pet along with his/her food and/or accessories. The back of this page has the pet’s name, a personality tagline, a brief bio, his/her likes and dislikes, and instructions on how to assemble the pet and his/her accessories. Next follows two single-sided pages featuring the paper pop-outs. The reverse side of the paper pop-outs are patterned but in some cases the reverse side is a mirror image of the part.
I made Bella, the thoughtful tortoise. I *really* enjoyed this project. I was completely focused and absorbed in the assembly process. It took me about 30 minutes to put Bella and her tray together. Bella’s tray is 1 x 4 x 6 inches and Bella herself is about 1.5 x 5 inches. She is so cute!
As a side note, I would like to mention that my copy of Paper Pets was missing two pages from two different projects. I was missing the page that would have had the ‘fish bowl back’ piece from Shadow, Bandit & Tiger & Their Tank — there might have even been another paper piece to pop out on this missing page because the page with the ‘fish bowl front’ piece also includes a ‘plant piece.’ I was also missing the page from Sunny & Her Ladder that has her body.
Despite the two missing pages (which could have just been a fluke), Paper Pets was terrific fun! The author-illustrators even suggest making more accessories for the pets — using paper, of course! — and making homes for them by upcycling a cardboard box.
- Make Your Own Paper Puppy excerpt on the Quarto Kids blog.
- Official webpage for Paper Pets with inside preview via google books
- Website for Ruby Taylor
- Website for Richard Jewitt
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.