At any school during recess, you're bound to see a group of giggling girls gathered around a cootie catcher. You know, that folded-up paper thingamajig that you move with your fingers. Open, closed, open, closed. Pick a number, pick a color. Here's your fortune....
Klutz takes the fortune teller to a higher level with this all-new version of the classic Cootie Catcher Book. With 25 preprinted punch-and-fold cootie catchers, we've got it all covered. Were you born to wear a tiara, or are you destined to sport athletic gear? Will you star in a movie opposite your crush, or win an award for most amazing hairdo? Will you be an evil scientist or a professional candy tester?
Answers to all these burning questions are just a couple folds away. Easy-to-follow instructions make constructing cootie catchers simple. Use them to tell fortunes or play classic girl-games like MASH and Truth or Dare. Cool illustrations and fabulously funny fortunes -- plus special extras like glow-in-the-dark paper, glittery paper, stickers and a sparkling cover -- make this new Cootie Catcher Book a real catch.
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.
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old
For Grades: 1 - 4
Format: Combined Pack with 2 or more items
Number Of Pages: 70
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Scholastic US
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 22.3 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.25