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Guide for the Unlucky: A Pop-up Book [Hardcover]

Kyle Bean
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Book Description

30 Mar 2009
A charming, beautifully designed inventory of the world’s best-known superstitions—with good advice on how to avoid bad luck. Misfortune, unfortunate occurrences, unfavorable outcomes, bad luck: whatever you call it, almost everyone has cursed it at some point. Edward Gorey-esque in design and drawing from common folklore, Guide for the Unlucky is a charming interactive book that outlines the origin of the best-known unlucky charms—a broken mirror, a black cat crossing in front of you, an incorrectly buttoned shirt, cracks in the sidewalk, an inverted horseshoe—and how to avoid incurring misfortune from them. For example, viewing a new moon through a pane of glass or over your left shoulder was considered to be unlucky as early as 1830, and the remedies to reverse this luck included "turning all the silver in your pockets." Designer Kyle Bean’s unique pop-engineering and sensitivity to design presents the material with a fresh perspective. Equal parts wry, informative, and visually appealing, Guide for the Unlucky is a wonderfully artful gift for the person who could use a little help with their luck.

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  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing; Pop edition (30 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789320665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789320667
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 14.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky 10 July 2013
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This is a small, uncomplicated book. The pop-ups are few, simple but well thought out. Not for you if you only like flashy, but great for a quiet, secret grin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming book 4 Jun 2010
By Purple Jackie - Published on
Guide for the Unlucky: A Pop-Up Book

What a genius little book. Beautifully engineered, designed and crafted. A fun interactive book with charming illustrations presented in black, white and various shades of grey which is exactly right for the subject of the book. A light hearted, but still thought provoking representation of some of the best known superstitions and a few that I have never heard of. I enjoyed this book very much and have several people that I will be buying this for.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing presentation, both in writing and presentation 1 Jun 2010
By Terry W. Mccammon II - Published on
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I would love to say this was a great book, but I can't. I thought with the material potential, the cover art, and the general knowledge presented about this book, it would be a winner. However, it isn't. The individual pieces, well, each page is composed of a subject with associated "art". The description of the element is straight forward without any real creative voice (satire requires tone and reference- if its here, it escaped me and I apologize). The artwork, key in a book of this type, fails to really engage on 80% of the pages. I admit, there are one or two (I can only recall two honestly) that stood out. The rest are unimaginative and even fail on many levels for me. While the art is interesting in its black/white/shades of gray presentation, it doesn't really try to be a pop up book in any sense of the word, with some of the pop-ups failing to even "pop". poorly designed folds, simple lifts with nothing below, a few slide tabs for nothing. A foam horseshoe... Im supposed to think something of this? Maybe Ive been collecting these types of books too long.
My recommendation- if you are a collector- Why not add it if its cheap? If you are watching your pennys or have more self-respect then I do, pass.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide for the Unlucky pop-up 25 Dec 2013
By Amy Leslie - Published on
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this is a sparse b & w pop-up. illustrations are Goreyesque, not the most intricate as far as engineering but a good addition to a collection.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice design 31 July 2013
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I like this book very much, the design its nice, i gave 4 stars because i was expecting more pages..., moro pop up pages, the book its quite nice any way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a lovely & unusual gift. 23 Dec 2012
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This is a simple, elegant book. The illustrations are very quiet. I guess if you are used to flashy elaborate pop-up books you might not be able to apprieciate the austere quality of this dark little piece. It is so charming I'm ordering a second one for a friend. . . then a third one for my own library.
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