Here's One I Made Earlier: Classic Blue Peter Makes Hardcover – 4 Oct 2018
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With a foreword by Valerie Singleton.
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This hardback book feels just like children's annuals of old, the sort you'd be given for Christmas. There's a lot to like about it, and I can see it would make a nice Christmas present both for adults who watched Blue Peter as children. I had originally thought it would also be suitable for parents to give to their own young children so they can recreate some classic Blue Peter makes with them. However, this is really just a book of nice photos to look at and reminisce over, because the makes are not covered in sufficient detail to be a practical guide. Apparently each make is reproduced from original Blue Peter albums, so I suppose they just weren't that good at the time.
=== THINGS I LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK ===
* The book contains numerous 'makes' from shows of old, all from normal household items
* Smart hardback book with a glossy cover and retro design
* Contains a variety of makes from across several decades of Blue Peter shows, appealing to a wide age range
=== NIGGLES ===
* I was disappointed the book does not show the date of each photo sequence/make, because that would have really helped me place these memories in time; each is apparently reproduced from the original Blue Peter albums, so it should have been straightforward to say which one.
* The design is not that attractive: the pages are matte and the photos grainy, giving a somewhat dull, flat appearance. I suppose that's supposed to give it a retro look, but instead it is rather drab.
* The presenters in the photos are not named. This is an important omission, because it treats the presenters as mere decoration, when they are central to the Blue Peter experience. There are lots of presenters, presumably from more recent series, that I can't identify.
* The instructions are overly brief and only give the appearance of being there to be followed; in reality, the written instructions leave a lot of gaps, and the photos do not show much detail. Really each make should take at least two pages, and they are often squashed up onto one. Trying to follow one of the makes would be about as pleasurable as following flat-pack furniture instructions - in other words, pretty frustrating!
* The instructions do not contain any list of supplies or tools needed - you just have to work it out yourself by reading through the details and making your own list
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