From Publishers Weekly
Crayola-bright gouache illustrations set the stage for this hands-on, please-touch guide to 11 kid-friendly art projects. Serving as teachers, bespectacled Loo-Loo and her sidekick, Boo the dog, address young readers directly, involving them from the very beginning. After a few helpful hints ("Water jars and paint almost always tip over, and it's easier to clean up if you've put down newspapers"), the suggested projects come thick and fast?from potato prints and face masks to papier-mache and even so-called "stinky clay" (made with pickle juice, of all things, and sure to be a hit). Roche, a former elementary school art teacher making her publishing debut, prudently fits each project onto a single spread; hands sticky from homemade paste don't have to touch these pages. Step-by-step instructions are divided by bold black lines and set against a variety of colored backgrounds, giving the graphics a stained-glass effect that helps make for a book that's as vibrant and playful visually as it is practical. Ages 4-9.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5?This amusing book takes a different approach to simple crafts projects. From the illustrated table of contents to the open-ended directions, this presentation of 11 activities provides just enough direction to get young artists started. Kids will have fun making masks; clay beads; stuffed, life-sized self-portraits; and bumpy paint pictures. Recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients found in most kitchens. While "Stinky Clay" might turn up parents' noses, the smelly concoction is harmless. Few tools are required. Children should have no problems handling a plastic knife or safety scissors safely, but unfortunately no cautions are provided about using empty tin cans. The picture-book format features Loo-Loo and her best friend, a dog named Boo, from the "Art 'Til Ya Drop" television series. Childlike illustrations mix newspaper collage with flat, clear, but somewhat darkly colored paint. The pages are organized in comic-strip sequence with Loo-Loo giving the instructions and demonstrating, with Boo, the techniques. A good pre-activity section covers proper attire and methods to avoid messes and make cleanup easy. Laurie Carlson's Kids Create! and Susan Milord's Adventures in Art (both Williamson, 1990) include all the crafts in Roche's book plus many more, with more specific and complete instructions. Roche's artistic, humorous presentation, however, is unique, making this title suitable for libraries with large arts-and-crafts collections.?Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library,
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