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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Galvin on 9 Aug 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Spicer VINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2013
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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 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2013
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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 By Miss Z. Graham on 7 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the lambanana TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan 2014
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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.

I simply loved it. Thought it was fun and well constructed. Some of the tasks are easy (find a piece of wire) to a little harder.

Ideal to do with children. Ideal as a gift for all children. And ideal for adults too. Few of us colour in, draw, or really engage with our creative side. Do It! It's quite liberating.

It's really the type of publication that you may find yourself buying for lots of people, and the recipients should enjoy having an unusual gift.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Z. Sobol TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jan 2014
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I can't recommend this book highly enough as a really good bit of family fun. I can imagine that it would be brilliant for a summer holiday project - to complete over six weeks, or like us, you could plan to complete it as and when, until it is done.

My children, aged 5 and 7 were gripped by the concept immediately and within 5 minutes of receiving the book, they had already found wire from the twists on some discarded Christmas crackers to add to the book. They flipped the book over to be instructed to "add some triangles", which they cut out of the discarded cracker paper - and glued them on with glee.

There are all sorts of things to collect - from the unusual to the mundane, but it is the twist of having not only to collect the item, but then to "do" something to it means that no two collections of this book could ever be remotely alike!
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