The six houses featured in this book are:
The Post and Beam House
The Tree House
The Factory-built House
The Junkyard House
The Glass House
The Wood Frame House
It caught my eye when a patron asked for books about c-sections (which I failed to understand was a type of house plan and took them promptly over to the women’s health section). Once I realized they were talking about house plans and we got to the right area, this little number was just sitting there calling to me. Houses that children can build by themselves?? Really?
There might be some enterprising kids out there that are pretty handy with tools, but the instructions in this book are akin to putting together a dresser from Ikea. Most adults would have trouble, but there they are on the cover, raising a roof!
My favorite is the kid with his head sticking out the soon-to-be window, with a saw aimed at his face. There are no safety glasses being worn in any of the pictures and no gloves while digging through the vat of rust and splinters for The Junkyard House materials.
The pictures are all black and white and the outfits and tools are straight out of 1977. Points for showing both girls and boys, though.
Cute idea, but desperate for an update.
Bonus points for putting a woman on the cover, but this book is too old to accurately describe the job of an architect. There are no computers shown, for one thing. It’s all heavily-shoulder-padded ladies and wide-tied gents hunched over rulers and drafting boards. The glasses on the woman in the picture below are pure-80s awesome. Kids come to my library on a regular basis for books for their career reports. I would be embarrassed to hand this to anyone.
Thankfully, I no longer have to. #weeded
Kahn and Pacific Domes
Submitter: This book is DomeBook 2. We must have had DomeBook 1 at some point, but all we have now is DomeBook 2. In Reference. Because it’s important to know where your next geodesic dome is coming from.
Holly: I’ve worked a public library reference desk for 12 years – most of that time at 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, with no off-desk time – and I have NEVER been asked for a blueprint to build a dome house. If dome houses were a popular thing in our area, I’d try to find something more current than this for sure. I am intrigued by the people in the picture below who live in this dome house, though. I’m also picturing the publishing executives in a meeting in 1970: “What we really need is ANOTHER book about dome houses!”