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deCarufel, Laura Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style
Middle school, high school   96 pp. Owlkids

Illustrated by Jeff Kulak. This enthusiastic and informative introduction will be of interest to any reader intrigued by fashion design. Handsomely illustrated chapters cover a wide range of topics, including how to find your own style, design your own clothes, put on a runway show, create a fashion shoot, and more. Ind.
Subjects: Handicrafts and hobbies; Business; Clothing; Sewing; Fashion

Jocelyn, Marthe Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight
Gr. 4–6   54 pp. Candlewick

This spiral-bound book contains instructions for easy art projects plus suggestions for hiding them in public as cheerful surprises. Crafts include paper garlands to string in the refrigerator; tissue-paper cupcakes to leave on a teacher’s desk; cork boats to set sail in a public fountain; and painted stones to place in a garden.
Subjects: Handicrafts and hobbies

Peot, Margaret Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity
Gr. 4–6   56 pp. Boyds

Tips on transforming drops of ink into works of art combine with stories of famous blotters (da Vinci, Victor Hugo) to inspire creativity. Step-by-step instructions for folding paper, squeezing ink and paint, looking at blots in new ways, adding color and outline — along with plenty of encouragement — will have readers eager to start a project. A wide range of full-color examples abound. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Visual arts; Creativity

Thomas, Isabel Collages
Gr. K–3 24 pp. Heinemann

Start with Art series. With only two sentences per page, these are very simple introductions to collage for young children. Illustrations include reproductions of famous works. Photos show children making collages, helping readers see connections between the featured art and possibilities for their own creative work, as well as providing inspiration and encouraging expressiveness. Websites. Glos., ind.
Subject: Visual arts; Collage

Wilson, Donna Donna Wilson’s Creative Creatures: Make-and-Do Crafty Creatures for Kids
Gr. K–3   48 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan

Sock monsters, pop-up cards, a tissue-paper kite: appealing, easy-to-make crafts are paired with whimsical vignettes that motivate play. The designs and techniques are simple, the text is lively, and materials are easily available. Presumably an adult will be helping with patterns, stuffing, sewing, etc. Photos of finished items in winsome settings add to the jovial tone. Template patterns are provided.
Subjects: Handicrafts and hobbies

From the November 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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