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This Review Is For the Kindle Version
on July 16, 2011
The projects are fun and whimsical as well as useful. There's a nice mix of knitting, crocheting, sewing (by hand, no machine needed), several projects using melting/iron/heat gun (so it would be okay for older teens, but not children), etc. The author mentions that the odd project might not be green (there's a lot of plastic melting and use of polymers) but this should only bother the purist. These projects truly repurpose items you'll have around the home into useful and appealing items. I've actually seen these some of these items in department stores, so you can get the same look for a fraction of the cost.
Since I've recently purchased this book, I haven't tried the recipes that are scattered throughout, but they appear to be easy, with foods that are readily available in any grocery store and using items in just about any kitchen. I plan on trying several, which I can't say about other similar books I've bought.
Finally, I've read a lot of book reviews for the Kindle where people complain about typos. I guess I rarely notice the typo problem in a book of fiction, I'm too wrapped up in the story. However, now I understand what the armchair editors are talking about. This book is LOADED with typos that are distracting from the great, fun projects the author put together. I don't know yet if the typos impact the instructions/end outcome of a project. Also, since this book/author is from Australia, you might also be doing some internet research on a few of the words used and weren't Americanized. It appears that measurements for the crafts and recipes were converted.
Overall, I really wish the publisher had taken the time to work with this book for the Kindle. In addition to the typos, little to no attention seems to have been made to formatting of the pages, making for more distraction and awkwardness of use. The pictures of the projects are not good on the Kindle, but I also view the book on my PC to see the same pictures in color. The nice thing about the Kindle, I have the project lists and recipes when I'm out, so I can pick up what I need to work on them. However, I'm not entirely sure this is enough for me to buy another Kindle edition of a book from this publisher.