Klutz introduces two new book-building kits, Why I Love My Dad and My
Really Good Friends. Each kit is loaded with new ideas and inspiration.
We have included an amazing array of only-from-Klutz, custom-designed,
These papers cover everything from grass to sky and polka dots to plaid — and a couple that are lace, vellum, foil, and embossed. Add a frame around your friends and capture dialog from dad with the handy tear-out stencils.
More? Yes. Simple ways for household stuff to be incorporated into your story. The foam, chipboard letters, and papers all beg to adorn the pages and bring your book to life.br/>
This kit contains all the stuff any kid needs to make a unique book about Dad. The centerpiece is a mostly blank, wire-o bound book with tear-out pages of simple how-to instruction and inspiration. A double-tipped pen and a bunch of craft supplies are provided, including a myriad of foam shapes, letters, googly eyes, and colorful Klutz-designed papers. Finally, the included glue makes it easy for kids to stick their thoughts on the page. Mix these ingredients with a dash of kid genius, and the result is a one-of-a-kind book — and new family keepsake — to share, show off, and cherish
About The Author
Klutz was incorporated in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, by three friends from Stanford University. They began by selling sidewalk juggling lessons along with a trio of no-bounce bean bags. A week's effort earned the group $35. 'It was then we realized the sky was the limit.'
John Cassidy, the English major of the group, put the instructions in book form and titled it Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Darrell Lorentzen, the business major, wrote up the original business plan and the other partner, B.C. Rimbeaux, was assigned the task of getting a bank loan. Mr. Rimbeaux was a psychology major.
The first 3,000 books were distributed via bicycle and backpack, and sales grew from there. 'It really was a failed scam,' explains Cassidy, who remains the creative force of the company. 'Our dream was to do a book on juggling, sell a bazillion in a couple of days, buy an island and retire. It didn't work out. After a year of steady, unspectacular sales, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of a career.'
Today, how-to books from Klutz come packaged with the tools of their trade (from juggling cubes to face paints to yo-yos), and are designed for doing, not just reading. 'We think people learn best through their hands, nose, feet, mouth and ears. Then their eyes. So we design multi-sensory books,' Cassidy says. The appeal of this hands-on approach is borne out by sales figures; Klutz is a fixture on U.S. book and toy bestseller lists, and is available in 24 countries around the world.
Having expanded the offerings to include Klutz Toys, Klutz Kits, Klutz Buckets, Klutz Guides and, in 2001, an educational product line, Cassidy seems to have an unlimited supply of ideas. The inspiration? 'I marinate myself in children,' he says. 'Some years ago, I created a few. With the help of my wife' (Nancy Cassidy, the voice behind the gold-record-winning KidsSongs recordings).
In 2002, Scholastic Inc., the largest children's book publisher and distributor in the world, acquired Klutz. For those of you who collect corporate mission statements, here's the Klutz credo: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun.
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Comments about Klutz Build a Book : Why I Love My Dad:
I bought two of these books for my daughters (aged 6 and 7) to make for their Dad on Fathers Day. They found the book easy to make and were inspired by all the ideas and suggestions the book provides, while also being able to add their own creative touches. Their Dad just loved it and was completely blown away but their creativity.
For Ages: 6+ years old
For Grades: 1+
Format: Combined Pack with 2 or more items
Number Of Pages: 10
Published: 1st March 2009
Publisher: Scholastic US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 22.1 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.19