Assuming you already know who Bernie is, your opinion of him will almost certainly determine how you rate this book.
He says what he always says here.Assuming you already know who Bernie is, your opinion of him will almost certainly determine how you rate this book.
He says what he always says here. He makes the issues easy to understand (again assuming you already lean in his direction). He does often give his opponents views but probably not in a way they'd love.
The subject that he covers that will get both left and right nodding their heads together occurs near the end of the book: the media. No, he doesn't tell them they should shut up. He doesn't call them fake. He does, however, call them out on their issues. The biggest being that they're more focused on rumors than issues. They're all owned by the same few people. They dictate what is news and reporters have little room to break out of that. Etc.
If you love or are even neutral on Bernie, you'll at least like this book. If you don't like him, there's no read this.
Much love to my mom who waited in line for hours to get a signed copy/ picture with him then after all of that sent me that copy for Christmas! ❤...more
I should start by saying I have only read the book and not yet made any of the characters. I snatched it up for review, couldn't want to try it, and tI should start by saying I have only read the book and not yet made any of the characters. I snatched it up for review, couldn't want to try it, and then a personal disaster hit so... I can only tell you my opinion based on reading and trying a few steps but I do think that is enough to review the book.
The thing about these figures is that even though they look super cute, the require few supplies and absolutely no real crafting talent. You're basically taking yarn wrapping it around whatever you have that matches the length stated (cardboard is fine), tying it together, maybe wrapping another color over it. For the heads you'll start with just a small ball of yarn... Okay it's a little more complicated than just wrap. But honestly not much. The most complicated steps are going to be knots (step by step instructions included for most) and hiding the lose strands via a tapestry needle. The most complicated project in the book is probably the mermaid and I feel like you could start with her once you read the wrapping instructions.
The Projections are grouped by collection: - The Snow White Collection: Snow White, Rose Red, Bear, Fairy. I feel like these are pretty generic and not as identifiable as some others, but are still cute just on their own. - The Nutcracker Collection: Clara, Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince. I don't know enough about Nutcracker character to say but the Nutcracker character is really identifiable at least. - The Hansel and Gretel collection: Hansel, Gretel. Moderately identifiable. - The Cinderella Collection: Cinderella - Tatters, Cinderella - Gown, Prince Charming, Chinye, Princess Kaguya. The broom alone makes Cinderella identifiable. Also Prince Charming is pretty identifiable. - The Little Lamb Collection - The Lamb, Princess in Gold, Gingerbread boy, Petrosinella. Don't know the characters enough to rate them overall but the lamb is adorable, Gingerbread boy is identifiable as a gingerbread boy. And Petrosinella definitely has the Rapunzel look (I know they're connected but not enough to know if that matters). Anyone who sees the Petrosinella doll will see Rapunzel. -The Thumbelina Collection - Thumbelina, Flower Prince. Are there universally accepted looks for these characters? They're fine. The Prince maybe need a crown. - The Robin Hood Collection - Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Scheherazde. Honestly Robin Hood made me think of a Girl playing Peter Pan. Maid Marian feels somewhat identifiable, but certainly so if you know these are Robin hood Character. No clue who Scheherazde is but she doesn't feel like she belongs with this group a all. -The King Arthur Collection - King Arthur, Guinevere. They feel identifiable but could also just be anyone character from that era.
There are a few solo characters who don't fit into the collections: - Snowman. He's adorable and you'll probably want to make him as a Winter decoration - Princes Trembling. Again, adorable. Red hair and green outfit. Could almost pass as a Poison Ivy doll. - Nisse. I feel like it's based off of a character I can't think of. As for the more common images you'd find when searching Nisse, this isn't it. - Mermaid. Obviously a Mermaid. Probably my fave in the book.
I do feel that the book lacks some information. The faces are a big aspect of these characters and there's little in the way of instruction there. Most, if not all eyes, use a French Knot which I feel is trickier to master than the knots that do have step by step instruction while this has none. There are tips and general text descriptions on how to do the faces but if you learn visually, you will struggle with the faces.
You could easily take the basic doll pattern and use create your own characters....more