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Volume V Number 21 . . . . June 18, 1999
Palo Alto, CA: Klutz (Distributed in Canada by McClelland & Stewart), 1998.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.
Klutz is a well-known publisher of zany, but "practical," books that appeal to kids. None of the
above items is a book, but all will appeal to most kids (and grown-up kids, too). Each item is a
laminated folder (about road map size) that has six pages per side, thereby yielding 11 "usable"
pages after the title page is discounted. Backyard Stars consists principally of four seasonal star
charts, but it also includes some other incidental astronomical information, plus instructions on
how to render your flashlight more night vision friendly. The Best Paper Airplanes You'll Ever
Fly provides the plans for constructing three paper planes along with directions for launching
them and then trimming them for better flight. Adults who have to spend any lengthy period of
time with boisterous youngsters in their cars will want to have the Glove Compartment
Scavenger Hunt readily available. As the title suggests, kids get to "scavenge" things they see as
the car travels along. They can also play license plate bingo, billboard crosswords and a version of
tic-tac-toe. Despite their price, which is somewhat high given the folders' short length, parents
and leaders of youth groups, such as Cubs and Brownies/Guides, might want to add one or more
of these "Klutz Guides" to their idea files.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and YA literature in the Faculty of Education at the
University of Manitoba.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and YA literature in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.
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