SAND CREATURES AND CASTLES: How to Build Them by Bob & Pat Reed

SAND CREATURES AND CASTLES: How to Build Them

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Evincing much industry but none of Jan Adkins' bookmaking art, the Reeds preface their specific instructions with a straight-faced list of recommended tools and paragraphs of detailed advice on the processes of mounding, modeling, ""gluing,"" cutting, etc. The scale rules this out for crowded Coney Island Sundays: among the sculpted creatures there's a twelve-foot-long alligator, and most of the others--dinosaur, shark, frog, mermaid tail (the other end is a live girl, here the authors' daughter), VW beetle, etc.--are three to five feet long. The five castles, all models of actual structures, are even more elaborate if not as long, and for Mont St. Michel the authors introduce a new technique, ""dripping,"" to create a ""fairy-tale"" effect. Personally, we can't imagine taking blueprints to the beach, tho for the driven achiever who can't relax without an organized project, this could take care of a few seaside weekends.

Pub Date: June 21st, 1976
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston