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The Muppets Make Puppets [Paperback]

Cheryl Henson , The Muppet Workshop

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23 Mar 1995
A kit that shows children how to create over 35 puppets using stuff from around the house - with a little help from the googly eyse, fuzzy fur and other items included. With a humorous commentary from Kermit the Frog, they explain the secrets of personality, and how to build it with the right eyes, ears, hair and clothing; how to have fun with voices and movements; and how to operate hand puppets, rod puppets and string puppets. The authors introduce their cast of characters, with instructions on how to make them, including Dixie Dragon (principle ingredient, a sock), Jughead (small plastic jar), Spidey Jones (old work glove), Metalmouth (bandage boxes) and Princess Esterrilla (wooden spoon and chopsticks). It gives tips on writing a puppet story, building different puppet stages and putting on a show.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a puppet making manual 23 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on
This book is entertaining and well written, both for adults and children. Contains some great tips on how to make eyes, noses, hair etc. for puppets and how to animate the finished products. However, if you are looking for a book on how to make muppet-style puppets or stuffed animal style puppets, this is not the one. Most of the puppets described in the book are 'wooden spoon' or sock puppets - cute, nice for kid's projects but not professional looking. To its credit, this book does contain lots of ideas and insights which could make it a good accompanying book to some other more definitive puppet making book.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable font of wisdom on the fun of puppet building. 20 April 1999
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As an adult who was having a tough time finding anything on puppet construction, I bought this book. But it provided not only the basics for a still perfectly functiong hand and rod moveable mouth puppet, but it continues to delight the children who are introduced to it. The book focuses on easily obtainable supplies around the house and unleashes inumerable hours of laughter and creativity. So many possibilities exist, every child could make a different puppet from this book over the English speaking audience. A book for children, it is exceptionally well tailored to be as sophisticated and unaffected as children are, and yet it continues to fascinate, motivate and inspire this middle aged degreed Artist to make puppets from the basics learned in this book. It is a Treasure I will never throw away. Amazing that someone could cut through the red tape, get to the point so effortlessly and so appealingly. Like the muppets, whose building inspired the book, there is something here for everyone. From the hand puppets, to revealing insights on the Muppeteers themselves, this book is perfectly illustrated and pleasing and easy to the eye. A must read, and the perfect Craft and puppet making book for all ages and all times.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous ideas 1 Aug 2001
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This book has so many great ideas using many easy to find objects. It even includes a little packet with 2 pairs of eyes, some faux fur, a few feathers and other sundries. The day this book arrived, my daughter and I made 3 puppets. In the next several days we made many more out of socks, oven mitts and other things that were just laying around the house. If you hate to throw things away, you'll love this. After reading the book, you'll start looking at your trash with new eyes. Old paper towel rolls, band-aid tins, fabric scraps, plastic spoons, small plastic bottles you might throw out, sponges, pot scrubbers, erasers--all these things can be transformed into puppets.
My only quibble is that the suggested reading level is ages 4-8. My nearly five-year-old can't do these projects alone, (I also use a hot glue gun, so it's too hot for her) so I've ended up letting her direct what goes where on the puppets. I think a six year-old working with less dangerous adhesives could do many of the projects himself, and I think kids even older than the age range would find the projects fun, especially if they have little siblings or an opportunity to teach younger kids. (Like helping out at Sunday school).
The book is full of projects that are easy to do right away, don't cost much money or require special trips to the craft store and let your child develop her imagination/creativity/emotional skills.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning puppeteers 9 May 2001
By Charlie Riley - Published on
I bought this book expecting little more than sharing some arts-and-crafts time with my kids that also blended with my interests in puppetry and the Muppets. Big surprise -- this book is full of good, basic advice on puppet manipulation, voice, and puppet building. My daughter and I have already made one of the puppets, involving gardening gloves, ping-pong balls, and feathers, and each of us came up with something different and delightful. The addition of some small supplies to get the aspiring puppet builder started is very nice, but this would have been a good buy even without that.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inovative Puppet Craft Book!! 26 Nov 2000
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Fabulous ideas for making puppets and recycling everyday items. You will never look at objects the same, because you will learn how to give just about anything life. A great inspirtion for begining to professional puppeteers and even kids.
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