Beautiful Holiday Ideas
This looks pretty familiar, doesn’t it? It’s a bit like these posts from last year:
…which leads me to believe that there are LOTS of “old fashioned” (read: out of date) Christmas craft books in libraries. There might well be some nice little ornaments and things in this book. There also might be some really weird decorations that are not beautiful for contemporary homes! Submitter picked this one:
Is that Baby Jesus with the pink cheeks? For me, the best part of that picture is the man and woman cut off at the bottom. Don’t they just scream “70’s happy couple?” That’s quite a stone fireplace they’ve got, too (I’m sort of jealous of that, actually. I could make that work!) I’m really not a fan of those colored flowers above the woman’s head, but I guess they do match the colors in the Jesus tapestry.
My final questions for you about this book are:
1. Kid on the cover – boy or girl?
2. Do you think that lady cut (his?) hair by putting a bowl on (his?) head and cutting around it?
3. Is that Mike Brady in the second picture? Pair him with the lady on the cover and you’ve easily got Mike and Carol.
Holly: So sorry this didn’t make it up in time for Halloween 2010! Here are some fab ideas for next year, though.
Carving Jack O Lanterns
Submitter: The first book, Carving Jack-O’-Lanterns by Sam Gendusa was published in 1988 and provides multitudes of ways to terrify children. I especially like the picture of the kids standing next to the jack-o-lantern in the grocery store—he looks like he’s going to cry! Also, I love that this book encourages parents to have their children touch the creepy pumpkins in order to overcome their anxieties. Yeesh!
Holly: This is the creepiest jack o lantern book I’ve ever seen! What the heck are those, mutant pumpkins? They’re ginormous! If you have to use a mallet and chisel, it’s no longer a jack o lantern. It’s a statue.
Submitter: I’ve also included a totally rad book on airbrushing (circa 1987) for those who’d like to add a little neon to their Halloween costume, or at least learn to airbrush Terminator-style.
Miller and Effler
Holly: Now this is cool! I really like this idea. Have airbrushing techniques changed since 1987? Maybe not. Ok, maybe it could be updated with ways to airbrush 2010 characters, like Snooki’s tan or something, but otherwise, not such a bad book. A nice pairing with the creepola pumpkins above, though!
The Leadership Secrets of Santa Clause
Harvey, et. al
Submitter: I’m the business librarian at a mid-size university that generally doesn’t offer PhD programs (certainly not in business!) so by no means do we need a comprehensive collection of dusty tomes “just in case” someone is going to do research on that obscure business topic. Maybe. Five hundred years from now.
I’m pretty ashamed that this vanity press book ended up in an academic library. Not just because it’s a vanity press book but also because there isn’t one “secret” to be had! It’s basically a regurgitation of trite management advice. Students would do better to use Wikipedia!
Holly: Don’t worry, submitter…they will.