Monday, April 18, 2016

Nonfiction Monday: Pet Projects: Designer Dog Projects by Isabel Thomas

This is the type of book that I, personally, wince at the cost and wonder what on earth you need it for - why not just use Pinterest? BUT it's the kind of thing kids grab off the shelves, especially in the summer and there are a couple points that make it stand out from the rest of the crafty crowd.

In addition to projects, the book contains tips on dog care, basic instructions for safe crafting, and gives time estimates for each project. Projects include decorative things like decoupage, dog-themed accessories, and other dog art project as well as craft items your dog can use like a tug toy, and edible dog treats.There's also tips on hosting a dog-themed party, teaching your dog tricks, and lots of safety tips for dog owners.

The book is heavily illustrated with pictures of craft ideas, dogs, and includes a simple index and link to further research and projects online.

This isn't a comprehensive look at dog care or learning specific crafting skills. It's just a fun browsing book, perfect for kids looking for something to pique their interest during the summer and pass some time. The series includes horse, hamster and cat project books as well.

Verdict: If, like me, you're trying to update your craft and making section don't forget a selection of these fun titles that allow kids to explore varied interests and try out different techniques and easy projects. It's definitely one I'm hoping to add to my library, especially the horse projects.

ISBN: 9781410980663; Published 2016 by Heinemann Raintree/Capstone; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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