Klutz Press

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Klutz is a publishing company started in Palo Alto, California in 1977. It was acquired by Nelvana in April 2000,[1][2] and became a subsidiary of Scholastic Inc. in 2002. The first Klutz book was a how-to guide titled Juggling for the Complete Klutz, which came provided with juggling beanbags attached in a mesh bag. The book was created by three friends who graduated from Stanford University: Darrell Lorentzen, John Cassidy, and B.C. Rimbeaux.[3] Since then, the company has continued to specialize in activity-driven books sold along with other items needed for the activity. Not all the books are about developing a skill; there has also been a geography book containing, among other physical attachments, packets of rice corresponding to the average daily caloric intake among the poorest people of the world. Many of their books are spiral bound and teach various crafts. The items needed are usually included with the book, e.g. the juggling guide. The Klutz credo is: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun.[4]

Selected list of publications[edit]


  • Capsters: Turn Bottle Caps into Cool Collectibles
  • Felted Friends: Create Your Own Soft, Fuzzy Animals
  • Knitting: Learn to Knit 6 Great Projects
  • Make Clay Charms
  • Mini Pom Pom Pets: Make Your Own Fuzzy Friends
  • Potholders and other Loopy Projects
  • Pom Pom Monster Salon
  • Pom Pom Puppies: Make Your Own Adorable Dogs
  • Spool Knit Jewelry
  • String Art: Transform String and Pins into Works of Art
  • Tissue Paper Crafts
  • Twirled Paper
  • Twirly Q's: Make Irresistible Cardboard Creations
  • Make Your Own Washi Tape Stickers
  • Window Art: Stick on! Peel off!


  • Beaded Bands: Super Stylish Bracelets Made Simple
  • Bead Loom Bracelets: Learn to Make Beautiful Beaded Bracelets
  • Fashion Forms: Let Your Style Take Shape
  • Glossy Bands: Stretchy Bracelets to Share with Your Friends
  • Headbands and Hairstyles
  • Loop Loom Bracelets
  • Mini Capsters Jewelry: Turn Bottle Caps into Wearable Art
  • My Style Studio
  • Paper Fashions: Design Your Own Styles
  • Paper Fashions Fancy
  • Safety Pin Bracelets: Transform Safety Pins into Extraordinary Bracelets
  • A Book of Lanyard and Lacing: Scoubidou
  • Shrink Art Jewelry
  • Braids and Bows: a Book of Instruction (how to braid hair)


  • Air Power: Rocket Science Made Simple
  • Battery Science: Make Widgets that Work and Gadgets that Go
  • Explorabook: A Kid's Science Museum in a Book
  • Earthsearch: A Kid's Geography Museum in a Book
  • Gotcha Gadgets: Build Electronic Gizmos to Play 20 Tricks
  • LEGO Chain Reactions: Design and Build Amazing Moving Machines
  • LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions
  • The Solar Car Book
  • Straw Shooter Jets: Make Your Own Mini Air Force

Featuring Unique Toys[edit]

  • How to Make Monstrous, Huge, Unbelievably Big Bubbles
  • The Book of Impossible Objects: 25 Eye-Popping Projects to Make See & Do
  • The Foxtail Book


  • Cats Cradle
  • Juggling for the Complete Klutz
  • The Klutz Book of Animation
  • The Klutz Book of Knots
  • The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
  • The Klutz Book of Card Games (For Sharks and Others) (1990)
  • The Book of Classic Board Games (1991)
  • Tricky Video


  • Doodle Journal
  • Doodle Journal: Write in White
  • Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Kids Cooking
  • Kids Shenanigans
  • The Encyclopedia of Immaturity Volume I
  • The Encyclopedia of Immaturity Volume II
  • The Klutz Book of Inventions
  • The Klutz Book of Magic
  • The Official Icky Poo Book
  • Thumb Wars: The Ultimate Guide


  1. ^ Nelvana Limited (12 April 2000). "Nelvana to Acquire Klutz for U.S. $74 Million". PR Newswire.
  2. ^ "Nelvana Acquires Klutz". Publishers Weekly. April 2000.
  3. ^ Thirty Years of Klutz: From Juggling John to Chicken Socks from the Klutz Insider newsletter 2007
  4. ^ Klutz History on official website

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