SFX Books


Books about special effects makeup for kids and teenagers. Great as gifts!

FX! Makeup and Costumes book

FX! Costumes and Makeup

By Jessica Larson and Karen Larson

In this guide to costumes and makeup, you’ll read about the history, planning, and work involved in designing costumes and creating makeup for the stage. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and featuring TIME content, this nonfiction book includes essential text features like an index, captions, glossary, and table of contents. The intriguing sidebars, fascinating images, and detailed Reader’s Guide prompt students to connect back to the text. The Think Link and Dig Deeper sections develop students’ higher-order thinking skills. The Check It Out! section includes suggested books, videos, and websites for further reading. Aligned with state standards, this title features complex and rigorous content appropriate for students preparing for college and career readiness.

mind blowing makeup in special effects

Mind-Blowing Makeup In Special Effects

By Danielle S. Hammelef

An ultra-low reading level coupled with high-interest content and visual appeal bring amazing makeup special effects to life in a whole new way. From hairy monsters to bloody fangs, awesome makeup special effects are explained in a way that will keep readers hooked. Fascinating details revealed in fact boxes add to readers’  understanding of this action-packed thrill ride through the world of makeup special effects in movies.

Special Effects Make-up Artist-The Coolest Jobs on the Planet

The coolest jobs on the planet: Special Effects Make-up Artist

By Jonathan Craig and Bridget Light

Movies are full of amazingly odd creatures, from aliens to zombies, but what goes into creating them? Many of these bizarre creatures are brought to life with make-up and prosthetics. Find out what’s involved in being a special effects make-up artist, the tools and skills you need, and the difficulties of bringing imaginary creatures to life.


FX Makeup Artist Handbook: Knowledge is Power

By Matthew Cade

Special Effects handbook full of need to know information, tips, tricks and how to’s for any aspiring makeup artist.

Notice: Only digital book!

Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular

-A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!

What do a pair of kid inventors with a knack for science and electronics do when Hollywood comes to town? Why save the day, of course! 

In Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular, 11-year-old siblings Nick and Tesla Holt find themselves on the set of a big-budget superhero movie. But someone’s sabotaging the onscreen debut of their favorite comic book hero, so the brother and sister sleuths must crack the case with the help of a fresh assortment of homemade special-effects gadgets. This cinematic saga features instructions for all-new movie magic projects that kids can build themselves, such as camera gear, stunt dummies, make-up magic, and more. Science and electronics have never been so much fun! 

“How do you connect students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with fiction reading? Look for science adventures. Get started with the Nick and Tesla series. Each book contains an engaging adventure revolving around a ‘build-it-yourself’ science project.”—Teacher Librarian

“Real project blueprints are included along with this tale of 11-year-old siblings who create outrageous contraptions and top-secret gadgets.”—Los Angeles Times

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