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Housebuilding for Children

Housebuilding for Children - coverHousebuilding for Children: Six Different Houses that Children Can Build By Themselves
Walker
1977

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.

-Holly

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Fancy Coffins to Make YourselfFancy Coffins to Make Yourself
Power
2001

Submitter: This book was weeded from our public library collection because it hadn’t circulated in more than 5 years. The front cover was enough to make me laugh and post a picture to Instagram with the hastag #NeglectedBooks and #LibrarianHumor, but I didn’t read the back cover until today.  And do read the reviews on Amazon–they’re hilarious!

Holly: Mr. Power never fails to delight! Remember this old post? We even talked about that one when we were on the Jimmy Kimmel show in 2009.

It’s an interesting book, and I’ll bet he’s sold a lot of copies. It’s weird, which makes it intriguing. I’m not entirely shocked that it hasn’t circulated in five years, but I’m also not shocked that it did circulate at some point. I’d be interested to know its total circulations, actually.  I’d also be interested to know if Mr. Powers ever made anything out of wood that wasn’t death-related. Duck decoys? A nice book shelf for his death woodworking books?

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