Monday, October 4, 2010

Zombie Felties review

Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead

Just in time for Halloween, Tedman and Skeate bring us this collection of creative crafts. Never in the history of ever have zombies looked quite so gosh-darn cute! Page after page of this attractive volume feature full-color photographs of mini-zombie felt creations, including a zombie bride, zombie vampire duck, a zombie pirate and many more.

Readers will find the clearly-labeled instructions and a preface including hints and tips on basic stitches extremely helpful for getting started. Each project is rated by difficulty level: one skull for the easiest projects, and up to four skulls for challenging zombies. Japanese-inspired design with tiny bodies and wobbly oblong heads gives each feltie a very kawaii look despite the pink beads representing brains spilling out, or the red embroidery floss for oozing guts... leaving one unsure if you'd rather run screaming or snuggle these little guys.

Tiny, simple to make, and easy to completely hand-sew, making the zombie dolls from this book will be much easier if you are already a crafter with lots of scraps and notions to choose from. Still, I see no reason why an enterprising YA librarian couldn't acquire a few sheets of felt, some embroidery floss and an assortment of beads and turn the book into inspiration for a Halloween craft library program. Teens with a twisted sense of humor will love these undead felt dolls.

I borrowed this book from the library.

I'm happy to be hosting Nonfiction Monday today.  Leave a comment, and I'll add you to the Round-Up!  I'll be checking in and updating through-out the day.
Thanks again, to Anastasia Suen for organizing Nonfiction Monday.  Be sure and check out her line-up for the next few months... there may still be a few upcoming hosting spots available.  And don't forget to check out Nonfiction Monday next week, hosted at Picture Book of the Day.

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And here's the line-up!  (So far.)


  1. Thanks for hosting today! Great nonfiction choice for October. I have posted a review of Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert at NC Teacher Stuff:

  2. Thanks for hosting! At 100 Scope Notes I review The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux:

  3. Thanks for hosting today! I'm in with John Greenwood's Journey to Bunker Hill by Marty Rhodes Figley:

  4. Ahh! AWESOME! I love crafts (kinda goes with the name...) and I love zombies - this is perfect!

    Today I review Tanya Lee Stone's The Good, The Bad and the Barbie

  5. Sounds like a great book! I love the cover.

    I've posted my son's review of Straight Hair, Curly Hair at

  6. Wild About Nature blog has a review of A Day on the Mountain by Kevin Kurtz.

    Thanks for hosting this week!

  7. Thanks so much for hosting
    I am in with FDR'S Alphabet Soup by Tonya Bolden

    The Zombie Felties look like nice creepy crafty fun

  8. Hi Madgian, thanks for hosting this week!

    At Abby the Librarian, I have a review of DragonArt Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon by J "NeonDragon" Peffer.

    Looks like we're both gettin' crafty today. :)

  9. Hi Madigan!

    I have Dragonart Evolution too!

    thanks for hosting!

  10. Hi, Madigan, I have a wonderful new picture book biography today, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier.

    Here's the link:

  11. I have an enthusiastic review of Valerie Petrillo’s A Kid’s Guide to Latino History:  More than 50 Activities at

    Lots of things to do and make for Hispanic Heritage Month. (When they've finished the Zombie Felties, that is :-))

    Thanks for hosting.

  12. Hi Madigan (great name!)

    Thanks for hosting Non-fiction Monday this week. I have a post on a lovely picture book called Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson about a great all-girl swing band from the 1940s at

  13. Hmm, looks like something we should try at my library's sewing club!

    I've got a post on historical mysteries today,

  14. Thanks for hosting! I'm in with a review of They Called Themselves the KKK by Susan Bartoletti.

  15. Hi Madigan.
    Thanks for looking after today's event.
    At Apples with Many Seeds, I'm looking at how story can be told with textiles.

  16. I thought I added my link earlier, but I don't see it. I'm in with All Aboard: Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine.

  17. Yours is a Perfect October Review.
    I'm swamped with other things this week, so instead of a book review, I've encouraged my readers to connect with two fantastic NF blogs -- Nonfiction Matters, and I.N.K: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids.

  18. Thanks for hosting. My selection is Paper Crafts for Halloween by Randel McGee.

  19. Máy tính để bàn là một trong những thiết bị công nghệ khá thông dụng với thời đại 4.0 hiện nay bởi những tiện ích mà thiết bị đem lại. Và hẳn trong quá trình sử dụng rất nhiều lần bạn thấy hiện tượng máy tính để bàn bị treo. Vậy, nguyên nhân máy tính để bàn bị treo và cách khắc phục như thế nào để không ảnh hưởng đến tuổi thọ của máy tính. Nếu đây cũng là thông tin bạn đang quan tâm. Hãy tham khảo thông tin ở bài viết dưới đây nhé
    Cách khắc phục máy tính để bàn bị treo




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