I’m just overjoyed to get this nice review for my upcoming book from Publishers Weekly. Gratitude all over the place here now! With thousands of books coming out each season, it’s really a compliment to have a professional publishing journal even notice mine, let alone say a few nice words. I think I need a donut now to celebrate. . . !
Knit, Hook, and Spin: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Fiber Arts and Crafts
Laurie Carlson. Chicago Review (IPG, dist.), $14.99 paper (160p) ISBN 978-1-61373-400-1
This collection of fiber arts projects introduces the basics of weaving, knitting, sewing, crochet, and other techniques, while providing an approachable history of these cloth-based crafts. The projects can be as simple as wrapping wool fiber around soap to create a “natural scrubber” and as involved as knitting a pair of slippers, perhaps using yarn dyed at home using spices, beet powder, or drink mixes. Augmented by b&w line illustrations, Carlson’s warm, straightforward writing clearly describes each project, along with supplemental historical details (“People began weaving thousands of years ago, using twigs as a loom”). Readers interested in exploring fiber crafts should find this to be an accessible entry point, with a broad range of methods to try. Ages 9–12. (June)