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. Volume XVI Number 7. . . .October 16, 2009
At first glance, 100% Pure Fake will elicit a quick "yuck" or "eww" response from adults. After taking a second look, however, it is easy to see that this somewhat revolting book is absolutely fun. Don't let the nasty factor fool you. Children will love it, especially boys 7 to 11 and perhaps, beyond.
In 100% Pure Fake author Lyn Thomas has tapped into every boys' (and some girls') love of the disgusting, the gross, and the just plain horrible. Fake body fluids and funny practical jokes abound. The author has delivered 25 safe, kid-tested recipes that can be made with ingredients found in most households, including corn syrup, rolled oats, makeup and pasta. Other ingredients are widely available in grocery and craft stores. Each project is presented with step-by-step instructions and suggestions, such as this one from "Road Kill Guts:"
The layout is common to many high-interest, elementary science and craft publications today. Each section consists of two or four pages with minimum text, cartoon-like illustrations and some photographs, boxed material lists and tips sidebars. You will also find safety warnings in bright colours stating such things as "Hot Liquids! Get Adult Help."
Rosemary Hollett is a teacher-librarian at St. Emile School Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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