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Tuesday 26 November 2013

Review: How to Make Small Things, with Violet Mackerel

The thing about Anna Branford, other than her consummate ability to write beautiful stories, is that she's quite the craftswoman. Yes, she simply adores creating beautiful things ... and you can see just some of her handmade treasures here.

So, it's no surprise that her adorable book character, Violet Mackerel, has inherited the same handmade gene, with this absolutely delightful book for creative types.

Like to make small things? I certainly do--and Violet shares some truly divine little projects kids will simply adore.

Something for your hair, perhaps? Or a miniature chest of drawers to be filled with teensy treasures? Or a dangly day counter to mark the days to a special event?

Not only are the projects doable for the younger set, they are actually really gorgeous. It's a joy to see unique ideas in a craft world that's generally so repetitive.

Beautifully laid-out and designed, with excellent production values and a hardy cover, this is what mini-crafters dream of. Just gorgeous.

Title: How to Make Small Things, with Violet Mackerel
Author: Anna Branford
Illustrator: Sarah Davis
Photographer: Cath Muscat
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2013
Format: Firm cover with flaps
ISBN: 9781922179401
For ages: 6 - 12
Type: Activity/Craft Book