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Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O’Callaghan

MonumentalAn M16 transformed into a teddy bear.  A phone booth that finds new life as a fallout shelter.  A typewriter that has a waffle press on its keyboard.  A car that has become a working telephone.

These are just a few of the projects pictured in this book covering the artistic vision of Kevin O’Callaghan.  O’Callaghan teaches a 3D art course at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Many of his class projects become exhibitions in large New York venues, or even go on tour throughout the country.  This is the kind of book you can open at any page or read cover to cover, finding extraordinary creations on every page.

Some of the collections include: “Yugo Next”, where students took one of the least successful cars ever made and gave it new life; “Horsepower”, which reinvents the buggy for use in the modern world; “Disarm”, which pulls the most common and deadly assault rifle into non-violent contexts; and “Off Roading”, where a gas-guzzling pickup truck is dismantled and turned into apartment furnishings.

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My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards, Illustrated by Shirley Hughes

I havMy Naughty Little Sistere the complete collection of My Naughty Little Sister books. If you can find them on eBay or Amazon get them!   These stories are narrated as memories of an older sister’s about the mischievous behavior of her naughty little sister. I grew up on these stories and shared them with my children, who loved them as much as I did.  Children love to hear about bad children, danger and the consequences of our behavior.

The first line of the book is: “This is such a very terrible story about my naughty little sister that I hardly know how to tell it to you.”  Each story continues to recollect the horrible actions of this child, but the language is wonderfully lyrical and fun to read out loud.

“Do you like climbing? My naughty little sister used to like to climb very much indeed. She climbed up fences and on chairs and down ditches and round railings.”

“You wouldn’t think there could be another child as naughty as my naughty little sister, would you? But there was. There was a thoroughly bad boy who was my naughty little sister’s best boy-friend: Bad Harry.”

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