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  • Introduction
  • getting started:
    • Tools & Materials
    • Techniques
    • Customizing Flip Dolls
  • zip & stack:
    • Stacking Trees
    • Nesting Flowers
    • Elephant Parade
    • Cheshire Cat
    • Smiling Crocodile
    • Sly Fox
  • hide, seek, & go!:
    • Peekaboo Turtle
    • Getaway Car
    • Bouncy Bunny
    • Gulp the Whale
    • Winged Horse
    • Nuts'n Bolts Robot
  • show & tell:
    • Good Times Watch
    • Bright Ideas Computer
    • Plucky Ukulele
    • Grabby Crab
    • Knotty Frog
    • Perching Bird
    • Lie Detector
  • flip & turn:
    • Cat-Fish Turnover Doll
    • Secret Messages
    • Caterpillar and Butterfly
    • George and the Dragon
    • Owl and Pussycat
    • Superhero Flip Doll
    • Vampire and Bat
    • Circus Flip Doll
  • Templates
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • Index

Title: Flip Dolls & Other Toys that zip, stack, hide, grab & go
Author: Laura Wilson
Publication Date: TPB:2013
Publisher: Lark, Sterling Publishing, NY
Page Count: 144
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 8"
ISBN: 9781454702481

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get a fantastic variety of patterns but with minimal markings. Style is unsophisticated but very imaginative. I didn't see a pattern I didn't want to improve in some way - but she's marvelous at presenting new ways to make her toys engaging and FUN. Pattern pieces go into the ditch(but don't cross) so you'll likely break the spine getting a good photocopy of any of the patterns. Photography is great throughout, showing the toys without hiding the details with trick photography.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Are well broken down and have some illustration to help the crafter.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating Ms. Wilson gets TWO BONUS STARS for this book. She is clever and imaginative, giving new spins on old ideas and making even more suggestions to take them further. I was very impressed with the variety of tricks she employed.

SUMMARY- Flip dolls are not a new idea - how she chose to do them is. I've seen plenty of the Wolf/Grandma Cinderella/Cinder Girl fairy tale flip dolls. This is the first time I've seen the idea applied to a superhero doll, or Dragon/George. There were several more dolls that got me excited about her book - like the robot with a window to his inner workings and the bean bag trees. All of the toys have something really special about them - a treat for any child. One of my favorite dolls growing up(and I still have and cherish) is a velvet gowned stump doll my great grandmother made based on a bleach bottle. She cut a hole in the side of the bottle so all you had to do was lift the skirt a little to hide things. I adored that doll, and my little hidey hole. Her book reminds me greatly of those special memories. I was really pleased with this book.

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