The Klutz Book of Animation Tour – Stop #11

By Shannon Gosney
In Book Review
October 5, 2010

We are definitely fans of Klutz in our household!  My apologies because my post was supposed to be up yesterday, but I had a 24 hour flu bug and didn’t do much other than sleep in bed.  I’m feeling better today and Klutz was one of the first items on my list!

We’ve reviewed Klutz items in the past and we were excited to receive The Klutz Book of Animation, written by John Cassidy and Nicholas Berger.  The book is ideal for ages 9 and up.  You can purchase The Klutz Book of Animation online or in bookstores, retailing for $19.95.

The Klutz Book of Animation is a complete how-to treatment of stop-motion magic, from practical instruction to ready-to-shoot scripts. The software you’ll need is available as a free download, ready to use on any computer (PC or Mac). All you need to provide is a video camera, a computer, and a way to connect the two. Attached to the book is a piece of low-tech, non-toxic clay, ready to be molded into a million different heroes starring in your very own fantastic animated films. 

Anybody with a computer, camera, internet connection and a little bit of creativity can create animated films for the masses. The Klutz Book of Animation is a how-to-guide for this art form. Step-by-step instructions show you how to create a variety of different classic stop motion special effects.  Watch the real videos we created here and then start making your own!

The Mommy-Files was stop #11 in this fun tour of The Klutz Book of Animation!  Be sure to check out Daddy Digest for stop #12 (and a giveaway)!


One lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will receive a prize pack including:

– a copy of The Klutz Book of Animation
– as well as Make Your Own Music Video, The Klutz Book of Inventions, and The Klutz Book of Balloon Twisting!
Prize Pack valued at: $79.80


– Tell me in a comment what your favorite animated cartoon or movie is.


– Vote for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs (simply click on the button on the sidebar) – 1 ENTRY
– Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
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– Comment on any Non-Giveaway post on The Mommy-Files – 1 ENTRY per post comment (no limit)
– Blog about this giveaway and include the URL – 5 ENTRIES


– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, October 17th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I received a copy of “The Klutz Book of Animation” to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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