I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I saw DK’s Optical Illusions 2 book.

When I flipped through the 30-page book, stopping to read about each of the illusions described on the page, picking up the book and staring intently at the rippling stones and realizing my son would love this book, I came to the conclusion that DK Books did what it always does – surprised and impressed me.

With information about what an illusion and examples of different types such as a play on perspective, including forced-perspective photography tips, each double page spread offers multiple illusions, some with pop-ups and most with activities for you to try and make your own illusions.

There are actually 10 illusions you can make, from page-popping 3D art to a coin-shrinking room, with everything you need to create it within a sleeve at the front of the book. I find that particularly helping because as much as I want to create the illusions, I have very little artistic talent. I am also looking forward to using the acetate sheet, which will force the brain to see the blades on a windmill move.

A copy of this book was provided by DK Books for a honest review.                                        The opinions are my own.