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The Pocket Scavenger [Paperback]

Keri Smith
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Book Description

25 April 2013

Welcome to the highly inspirational world of Keri Smith. Within the pages of The Pocket Scavenger, readers will be instructed to collect a spectrum of quirky items: something that is miniature, a stain that is green, something from the year you were born, a used envelope, and more.Then, once their quarry is in hand, they'll apply an alteration dictated solely by chance: create a funny character, conceal it, add polkadots, remove a section, add stripes, scribble on top, duplicate it (make a copy), fold, cut into pieces & rearrange, turn into an article of clothing, trace it/use the shape as basis for a new drawing, make it 'pretty', and so on. It's funny, moving, silly and serious. The way you look at things will never be the same again.

Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She has several bestselling books, including the phenomenonal Wreck This Journal, This is Not a Book, How To Be An Explorer of the World, Mess and Finish this Book, all published by Particular Books. Read more at her website WWW.KERISMITH.COM


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Particular Books (25 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846147093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846147098
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,( 2008 Perigee), Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee). Her newest book, This is Not a Book will be released fall 2009 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines (including How Magazine). Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.

As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clientsworldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the topic of "living creatively" for the How Design Conference, the OntarioGraphic Artist's Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, Wired and many more.

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About the Author

Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She has several bestselling books, including the phenomenonal Wreck This Journal, This is Not a Book, How To Be An Explorer of the World, Mess and Finish this Book, all published by Particular Books. Read more at her website WWW.KERISMITH.COM

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun 9 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Me and my 6 year old spent the whole of last weekend obsessed with this and I can't say who enjoyed it more! Pretty simple - each double page has an item to find ("The number 5", "6 circles", "a paper clip" - some easy, some not), a notes page to write where you found it and when and its story, and a plain page opposite where you can stick it. Then you turn the book over, flip to a page and read an instruction to follow. "Trace shapes over it", "Make it a statement", "Cut it in half", "Turn it into something you love" - most instructions can be interpreted a number of ways so really gets the imagination working. I've had great fun finding and transforming my finds and been blown away by my daughter's creations. Great fun. Would be improved if the book spiral bound with room to expand. It is hard to hold the pages open and now we've done a fair few it won't shut. Guess we'll just cram as much in as possible. Love it. My friend and her kids helped us find some things in the morning and she immediately ordered her own!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the found object twilight zone 3 Oct 2013
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I like quirky books, and I like to be creative, so this book - The Pocket Scavenger - caught my eye with its intriguing publisher's description. If you were to sit down and read every word in this book, it wouldn't take long, but that's not its purpose. After a few short introductory pages, which introduce you to the idea of the scavenger hunt and explain how letting yourself be open to random chance can help you be more creative, you find yourself turning page after page of target objects - 72 in all - and, for every page, you need to find, draw or photograph something of that description. The descriptions are purposefully vague, and include the mundane, the abstract and the odd:

Some examples: Postage stamps; nine circles; a piece of moss; a part of something you ate; a used tea bag; a piece of a puzzle; something orange; a pencil rubbing of a gravestone; a fortune from a fortune cookie; a stain that is green; something left by an animal; a piece of origami; several plastic items of different colours; something curved; something from a construction site.

The next stage is to turn the book upside down, turn randomly to a page, and follow the suggestion printed in a red strip that now runs along the top of each page. The suggestions are even vaguer and more varied than the items on the scavenger list. For example, make it white, do something really fast without thinking; turn into an island; squirt ink; rub surface with dirt; do something strange; add a grid; make it political; lose the item; ask a friend what you should do; it's a hat.

Finally, stick the object onto the respective page and write something about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and a way of opening up ideas. 26 Aug 2013
By S. D. Spicer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For me this book works on two levels. On one hand it's a great book for you and your kids to work with - either together - or it's cheap enough to give them all one copy each and go and scavenge competitively. On the other it's a great book for adults to take out - either on a boring trip - or for the shear fun of micro-exploring your environment.

This book will teach you observation, a skill that is very useful in life; and it will also teach you to look at the objects in a different way. The author suggests that once you have found the object, just the beginning of the process that you then randomly select an alteration process and record it in the book. This is where it moves from mere collecting to interacting with your environment and the found objects creatively. There's a whole art genre to do with found objects and seeing them in a different way as well as creative recycling. This book will help stretch the creative muscles in both directions.

When you have an whole book full of scavenges to do then the author has to be a lot more creative - or they will get repetitive. Fortunately Keri Smith has more than risen to this challenge and provided a very thoughtful selection of objects to find and process. Some of them are obvious and easy - some of them are obscure and tricky to locate, and unlike a puzzle in a book there are many right answers. For all them, make sure you read the instructions in the front of the book. That way you'll get most from it.

If I have a niggle, it's that the book is a paperback, we're told to stick things in the book. That would have worked much better if the book had been wire or ring bound. I know that costs more - but I would suggest to the publishers they might want to think about it.

But in any case, still great fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a delightful project style book and something that reminded me of the old "I Spy Books" that used to keep youngsters amused for hours. The look of the book is that of a recycled publication. Nicely printed and a entropy feel to it. Pricewise a good deal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for making you pay more attention! 7 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had this on pre-order as I've never been disappointed with any of Keri Smith's books and I'm so glad I did. I'm primarily a photographer but do a lot of other arty things and what I love most about Keri's books is the encouragement to explore and look at things totally differently. Already this book has got me back into the habit of looking at the little details everywhere I go, something I'd gotten out of the habit of a bit recently, and helped me out of a creative slump! If you like collecting things and the idea of using found objects in your artwork I'd recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT!
Published 4 days ago by Beverley Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKS GOOD.
LOOKS BRILL BUT GAVE AS GIFT AND NOT SURE HOW SHE LIKED IT. IT LOOKS FAB SO I'M SURE IT IS LOTS OF FUN
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4.0 out of 5 stars Put down the video games
It took me a while to get this book. I have been staring at it for a few weeks and reading through the various pages with a feeling of confusion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Lyne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration!
What a lovely idea - a beautifully produced paperback which encourages people to examine the world around them, to notice tiny details and record their beauty in unexpected ways. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars half term fun
My son loves doing his scavenger book. He is 8 years old. We didnt do the part where you alter each thing you find, we just stuck each item in on ita own without changing it.
Published 5 months ago by taratara
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
This book is like eye spy for everyone to join in. It keeps us all occupied on journeys and then crafty when we get home with our findings
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pocket Scavenger Keri Smith
I'm really enjoying this book, it's making me look out for interesting things and then collect them for my book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely gift
An ideal gift for anyone with a creative side.

The concept is to go on a scavenger hunt and record it in this journal/book/imagination giver. Read more
Published 7 months ago by the lambanana
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is an interesting idea - basically a scavenger hunt with a twist, the twist being that you then have to adapt the items that you find. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cath B
3.0 out of 5 stars Good family activity book
Upon first receiving this book in the mail, I was rather surprised to see that it is less 'printed book' and more 'blank notebook'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melanie Pratt
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