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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Matthew Reinhart  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1971 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

-- Matthew Reinhart on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author lived for a time in Illinois as a child.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author's father was in the Navy so their family moved around a lot in the author's childhood. Originally studying biology for a possible career in medicine, Matthew eventually found his way to the Pratt Institute in Brookyln, NY. There he studied industrial design (toy design). Upon graduation, he apprenticed with Pop-up author Robert Sabuda who was a "paper engineer" and author of pop-up books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Prince Caspian
ISBN: 0061176125

Harper Collins. 2007

Unusual book

Encyclopedia Mythologica: Dragons and Monsters Pop-Up
ISBN: 0763631736

Candlewick. 2011

In a breathtaking grand finale, the world’s mythical pop-up masters unleash monsters and dragons that have prowled countrysides and imaginations for centuries.

(Ages 5 & Up)

Lurking behind this intriguing cover, a Kraken grapples with a ship on the high seas dragons from Eastern and Western traditions spring to life and a Medusa, snake-hair twisting and hissing, turns the reader to stone. Deeper inside, an ancient, decrepit vampire rises from his coffin a lycanthrope is caught in the light of the full moon and transforms and Bigfoot hides behind a tree, ducking his human pursuer. Master paper engineers Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda unfold the legends and lore of cultures around the world to reveal these stunning creatures and many more. Pop-up fans and fantasy lovers will be equally enthralled by the dynamic creatures depicted in this astonishing volume, the climax of the Encyclopedia Mythologica trilogy.

Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
ISBN: 0439882826

Orchard Books. 2007

An explosive, interactive, pop off the page book about George Lucas's STAR WARS movies to celebrate the 30th anniversary!

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas's epic STAR WARS movies! Bestselling pop-up artist and engineer Matthew Reinhart has designed a thirtieth anniversary commemorative edition that comes packed with a variety of novelty features -- pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. This beautiful book will impress all fans of STAR WARS and gives a whole new perspective to the films.

Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale (Classic Collectible Pop-Up)
ISBN: 1416905014

Little Simon. 2005

A Classic Collectible Pop-Up™
Matthew Reinhart's resplendent retelling of Cinderella comes to life with intricate pop-ups, foil, ribbons, acetate, and amazing dimensional surprises. The stunning transformation of a pumpkin into a magnificent coach, a rat into a coachman, and Cinderella into a beautiful princess is pure magic.

Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-Up
ISBN: 0763631728

Candlewick. 2008

Introducing a dazzling new series premiere! The world’s pop-up masters invite you to peek inside the fairy realm as it transforms before your eyes.

Open this entrancing book and meet Shakespeare’s Queen Titania, springing up with her silver wings aflutter. Further on, a crystalline elfin castle rises into the clouds, not far from some scary hobgoblins and trolls. And on a truly stunning spread, a humanoid magical tree spreads its branches to reveal a face within its foliage, while flowers unfold and rearrange their petals, turning into flower fairies. Visiting mythical beings around the world, from household brownies to the merfolk lurking deep below the sea, this breathtaking 3-D book, brimming with facts and fancy, will hold humans of all ages in its spell.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
ISBN: 076362229X

Candlewick. 2006

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Celebrate the New York Times best-selling 3-D look at prehistoric creatures of the deep.

While dinosaurs patrolled the lands, massive prehistoric sharks, giant scorpions, and colossal squid cruised the ancient oceans — most with just one thing in mind: eat or be eaten. Pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart explore the prehistoric underwater world where monsters like megalodon ruled the waves. Full of captivating facts and more than thirty-five breathtaking pop-ups, this incredible volume is sure to astonish and amaze everyone from budding marine biologists to confirmed landlubbers.

The Jungle Book: A Pop-Up Adventure (Classic Collectible Pop-ups)
ISBN: 1416918248

Little Simon. 2006

In this stunning retelling of a phenomenal classic, honor is tested, battles of good over evil are waged, and the importance of family reigns supreme. True to Rudyard Kipling's original story, tree branches literally draw the reader in to this tale of Mowgli the Man Cub exploring the ruins of the Lost City, riding atop thundering elephants, and facing a fierce tiger attack! A must-have for every family's library, this epic pop-up adventure features paper engineering as intricate and magical as the very laws of the jungle.

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