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Puppets and Puppet Theatre Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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From Library Journal

Motion and performance are the emphasis in these three books. Currell, the author of several books on puppets (e.g., The Compete Book of Puppet Theatre), presents a detailed manual with line drawings and photographs for constructing and staging several types of two- and three-dimensional puppets to be used by children or adults. Some of the moving toys in the Howes's book, such as jumping figures and bobbing birds, are constructed much like puppets, but this book also includes carousels, pinwheels, and a very clever little theater with magnetic characters. Maskwork combines historical information about ethnic masks that children can make for their own performances, with performance and staging tips included. All three books would be welcome in general crafts collections. The Currell and Foreman books are also suitable for theater collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Whew! This overview of puppetry rushes by at road-rage speed, the author seemingly determined to cram everything into one 176-page book. London lecturer Currell, with five books to his credit, marshalls his expertise into both the how-to-fashion figures and staging information, including plenty of colorful professional puppets to gaze upon. The problem, then, lies not so much in the data but in their presentation. Drawings are usually not full-scale. The writing is unusually stilted. And no true projects or patterns exist; instead, the focus is on generic methods (foam rubber versus wood sculpting, for instance) and on universal techniques (control and manipulation, construction, and the like) to educate puppeteers in the broadest perspective possible. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861261357
  • ASIN: B00DTP17W8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,884,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book tells you everything you need to know about how to do a puppet show. If you are interested in puppetry, even just a little bit, get this book right away. Hint: if you want to use latex to make a hand puppet, sculpt the head with a open mouth.
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This book is good for beginner puppeteers as well as for professional puppet makers. It is full of photographs and ideas, from puppet construction to theater and performance. Is one of those rare books that contains a great amount of useful information.
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This is a book for professional and seriuous amateurs who want to improve their technical skills about puppet design, stages, and perfomances. Sharing the experience of excelent puppetters, with excelent photos and diagrams. Also is a very well design book, hardcover and sharp quality book. We strongly recommend it, it is one of the most complete and easy to read book we had seen.
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The scope of this instructional textbook ranges from puppet craftsmanship to the technical aspects of production. Essentially, readers will be prepared to consider all pertinent aspects of the puppet making and puppetory theater production processes, and thereby will avoid many mistakes along the way by reading this helpful book.

If you do judge a book by its cover and appearance to some extent - like this reviewer - you won't be disappointed. The pictures used are exquisite, and will assuredly pique the interests of the interested even further. Aesthetically, this work is quite pleasing.

While the intended scope of this book wasn't fine art criticism and appreciation, it wouldn't have hurt to have included some of each. The photos of puppetory productions used point conclusively to an author who has likely mastered these loftier concepts. To close the circle, some commentary about why certain productions have excelled would have been welcomed, as opposed to discussing only technical pitfalls. Unlike presentational theater, puppetry is far more technical in nature, but it is a fine art medium also and more of its practitioners should have the initiative to promote it as such.

One of the best primers currently available, but it begs for a new edition.
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It is really a great book with a lot of useful instructions, ideas and pictures. Altough it's not so contemoporary and the technique have improved a lot - specially in the territory of light and sound - it is still very useful! I definitely recommend it to anybody, who is interested about puppetry and about how to create a puppetry show. I'd say, mainly directors can learn from it.
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Very fun! How-To book. Take a look at the cover photograph and you'll get a great idea of the good things this book has to offer. Tells you how to craft the marionette, instructions on how to produce a program. The photographs in the book are inspirational. Good for beginner as well as professional puppeteers.
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This book gives you everything you need to craft a variety of puppets, from simple hand puppets to intricate Marionettes of various sizes.
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By Dv on January 19, 2013
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I find it a very good guiding book. Many pictures and illustrations for many puppets’ related subject.
Good value for the price.
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