Book Review: KLUTZ Book of Animation

KLUTZ makes some of our family’s favorite how-to and craft/activity books for kids, and they’re currently holding a blog tour for their newest release:  KLUTZ Book of Animation.  We are Stop #4 on this tour, and we’re so excited to be participating.  (Make sure to stop at TechMamas.com tomorrow for the next stop on the tour and another fun giveaway and video feature!)

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The KLUTZ Book of Animation includes all the information you’ll need to translate your imagination onto film – either through claymation, object animation, time lapse, and more.  There are free software recommendations, detailed pictures to give examples and stoke creativity, and even handy cutouts that can be used in producing your own movies.  Oh, and don’t forget the blob of red clay and four googly eyes that come with the book!  (do with it what you will…)  All YOU need is a computer, a camera, and an internet connection.

Speaking of red clay and googly eyes, look at this video made by the book’s co-author with techniques and supplies from The KLUTZ Book of Animation specifically for this stop on the tour:

Inspired by the video above, and with confidence from the simple instructions in the book, we made our very own animated movie with objects from our toybox at home. Please, take a look!:

Okay, so clearly it’s not ~perfect~ but it sure was a lot of fun, and I think it turned out cute.

DON’T FORGET:  TechMamas.com is tomorrow’s stop on this fabulous tour!  Visit her for another fun giveaway and video feature!

*Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of The Klutz Book of Animation to facilitate this review.  No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are honest and my own.

*original post included a giveaway for a deluxe prize pack of Klutz books

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