Before I get started, you should know that I am one of the crafters that was involved with the creation of this book. If you believe that this unduly biases my opinion, please read other reviews before making a decision on this book.
Seven years ago Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks was published, and it sparked a revolution of sock creature production. Fueled by this book containing just 8 projects, crafters raided thrift shops, hunted in drawers for rogue buttons and created sock art the like that hasn't been seen since the first sock monkey crawled out of the Great Depression.
These inspired crafters took to the internet, shared what they had done and took the not so subtle cues from the author, John Murphy, to come up with their own techniques and designs. At the time nobody could have predicted how far the crafting of sock monsters would come in the next seven years.
Now sock monsters seem to be everywhere in both handcrafted and mass produced form. Looking at the sock monster images that are being posted on the internet today, it is clear that the art has certainly evolved since Stupid Sock Creatures first hit the shelves.
Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures is one of the latest products of this evolution, meaning to not only capture and spread some of the techniques that are being used, but also to introduce the craft to a wider audience. 19 projects are included in this volume which vary in difficulty from easy to mind boggling, yet John Murphy breaks down the projects into manageable bites while keeping the reader entertained with humorous asides.
This book not only presents new techniques and projects, but also takes advantage of the advances that the author has made in diagramming and explaining monster construction. The basics section includes some amazing techniques for creating monster hands, mouths and eyes that I wish that I had known about sooner.
If you make sock monsters as a business or hobby you'll definitely want to add this book to your library. If you are interested in making sock monsters, I'd recommend this book, a copy of Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks, a pile of socks, a pair of sharp scissors, and a pot of strong coffee to get you started.