Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight
Candlewick Press (MA), Spiral, 9780763656485, 53pp.
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
For young artists, tricksters, and crafters, here is a hip, friendly how-to manual for creating removable and shareable art projects from easily found materials. The sneaky part is in the installation Each work of art is custom-created for display in public places a tiny cork-bottomed boat in a public fountain, a plate of tiny paper cupcakes on your teacher's desk, a penny left on the ground for a stranger, a funny message left on your mother's bathroom mirror, and more. This utterly unique guide part craft book, part art-philosophy offers a stylish and sweet "made-you-look-twice" spirit of fun meant to put a smile on the faces of strangers and loved ones alike.
Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty books for babies, kids and teens. In 2009, she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalfe Award for her body of work. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
With bright photos illustrating the project in action, an appealing design, and easy-to-follow instructions, crafty (and sneaky) kids are going to love this—and may want to hide and catch the discoverer of their handiwork. Fun all the way around.
—Booklist (starred review)