Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation

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Greenwillow Books
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10.8 X 8.6 X 0.6 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Matt Schu is the illustrator of Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation by C.E. Winters and My Cat Does Ballet by Robert Heidbreder. Due to growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he draws a lot of trees, houses, and cloudy skies. He lives with his cat in Portland, Oregon, and she can do an impressive tour en l'air. Visit him at


"With a refrain of 'snip, snip, snip!' the story introduces readers to German film pioneer Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981). Lotte's adolescence coincided with the dawn of cinema, a time when movies 'were silent but filled with magical sights' . . . Schu's exquisite digital illustrations possess a strong sense of illumination and depth, often suggesting a tactile quality, as if constructed from paper." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"In the early 1900s, Lotte Reiniger used a traditional German art of scissorcut paper for creating silhouette puppet-play characters with movable joints. She was spellbound by movies . . . determined to develop a way of recreating her puppet plays as films. . . . This picture book offers insights into her achievements as well as the early history of animated films. Schu's handsome digital artwork makes good use of silhouettes as well as dramatic lighting effects to illustrate Reiniger's career while drawing children into her story." -- Booklist

"The creator of the world's oldest surviving full-length animated film is celebrated. . . . Winters keeps the storytelling crisp and to the point. . . . Schu's art, meanwhile, brings the magic of Reiniger's cut paper technique to life on these pages, integrating the silhouettes with her trials and triumphs." -- Kirkus Reviews