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A Grave Matter…

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Do-It-Yourself Coffins: For Pets and People
Power
1997

An ALB tipster put me on to this title.  I was DYING to get my hands on it.   With a bit of gallows-type humor (mostly puns), this book details wood carving for coffins for both humans and pets.  Really.  No, there is nothing WRONG with this book.  It really is a good choice for a wood working  collection.  Given the condition of the copy I saw, this particular book has been well loved.  I will not “out” the owning library because maybe they have a huge woodworking patronage (or a rather macabre clientele).  Personally, I cracked up at our carpenter author on the back in his death garb and the details of how you can make a coffin double as a coffee table.

I died laughing.

Mary

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Pantyhose – not just for legs!

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More Great Pantyhose Crafts
Baldwin
1985

Submitter: “We were fascinated by the full-sized hammock constructed of pantyhose and plastic six-pack rings, and thought it would make a great staff development day team-building activity to make one ourselves. Alas…..”

Holly: Once, again, here’s a really cool find!  There’s not a single thing “wrong” with this book.  The copy I got a hold of is in great physical shape.  There are definitely people who would be interested in making crafts out of just about anything…including pantyhose.  Every library and community is different.

Remember: Awful Library Books doesn’t mean they are awful books…we also like to call attention to books that are just plain different.  Who doesn’t want a life-size “livin’ doll” that you can sit in a chair by a window so passers-by will think there is someone at home…made out of old pantyhose?  Ok, that is kind of creepy.

Crafts for (the) retarded?

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Crafts for Retarded: Through their hands they shall learn
McNiece
1964

Some librarian spies from the west sent along this wonderful title to ALB.  I am not quite sure of the craft on the front, but the spies sent along a page featuring  this ultra cool Indian tom-tom craft.  A quote from the cover blurb: “This book is written primarily for teachers and for parents whose youngsters have come into the world with less potential than the so-called ‘average’ child.”  Submitters say: “What better way to raise a child’s potential than by teaching him or her to stretch a goat skin to make a drum, then paint swastikas on it?”

Mary

 

 

 

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