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Book Name: The Crafty Art Book

Author: Jane Bull

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

ISBN: 0-7566-0550-4

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 48

Illustrations: Color photos & patterns

Experience Required: Ages 9 – 12

Book Review

Everything about The Crafty Art Book screams it is for children. The colors used throughout the entire book are bright and the images of the projects are displayed beautifully and appealingly. The projects in the photos are shown almost life size in most cases and it is these bold images that will appeal to children and entice them to do a project.

Prior to starting a project there is a section at the beginning of the book called Crafty kit that outlines the materials and techniques required for some of the projects in The Crafty Art Book. The craft instructions for all of the projects take up at least two pages each if not more and are shown in a step-by-step format from left to right across both pages. This makes the instructions easy for children to follow on their own because this is how we learn to read.

I really like the unique way some of the projects are demonstrated and displayed, especially the printing patterns for gift-wrap. On one page rolled up pieces of the final products are displayed and on the next additional pieces are displayed and all around it are examples of how to and what different patterns are made with. I also like that the craft doesn’t end there. With the cards, the gifts you can make in the book and the wrapping paper, there are additional crafts that tie in with them. You can make envelopes for the cards, boxes for the gifts and gift tags that match the wrap. I believe this book is a must have for those of us out there with crafty children or those who like to make gifts for their friends.


  • Pirate Pete
  • Knitted Pals
  • Printing Patterns
  • Star boxes
  • Accordion Cards

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