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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Summer Bloggin' Book Tour

by Sophie Maletsky
Release date: July 1st, 2014
Published by: Zest Books
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: Paperback from the publisher.


"Sticky Fingers" is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today duct tape! 

The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. 
Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. 

So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!


How many times have we used Duct Tape to fix things? Sometimes using it for the most oddest fixes too, right? Who knew that someday someone would take the time to create fabulous things with it! 

This DIY book has it all! 
The supply list is not long, you don't need to spend much money; all you need is Duct Tape, a clean surface (I highly suggest a crafting mat) and non-stick scissors. 
The beginning of the book explains all the different types of tapes that will work best, best surfaces to work on, how much material you need to start with and how to store your sticky materials. 
It then continues on with some basic how-to techniques that you will eventually need in your projects. Each set of directions clearly states what you will need, how much tape is needed and what steps you will be doing. Alongside each step are bright pictures that you can compare your project with to make sure that your on track to succeeding the final outcome. 
Also, each project is clearly marked with its difficulty level and it also gives you approximately how long it should take you to complete it - which I love! Sometimes all I need is a quick distraction to entertain my kids knowing that by a certain time they will be done and we can then move on to other things without any difficulties. 
Overall, the book clearly illustrates how fun it is to create projects with Duct Tape - things you can wear, like ties, belts and bracelets; things that you can use, like totes, wallets and phone cases; and things that you have fun with, like a checker board and baskets and picture frames.

This book is for everyone! I was just as excited as my kids when this book arrived  - we had fun shopping together and even more fun getting sticky and getting creative putting our project together. The easy how-to steps can be used in a small setting or with a large group too. 

*A paperback copy was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

OUR PROJECT - Bookmarks

Our supplies! Cost: Less than $20! (We used our Michael's coupons!)

Our first attempts at Duct Tape-ing... bookmarks! 

My 8yo decided to go with an unconventional bookmark design and tassel :)  

And his bookmark does the job right! 

DIY Duct Tape projects have instantly become a favorite family-hobby to share.
The tape is fun, and can be quite sticky to little fingers, but that just made the fun more giggly and memorable. My boys and I have other projects lined up for the next few weeks before school starts - 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sophie Maletsky

Sophie Maletsky is a Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award winner, a certified teacher on
curious.com, and a duct tape expert. An award-winning children’s event planner, craft and kid expert, her website, Sophie's World (sophie-world.com), features thousands of ideas, how-to's and videos for crafts, games, and activities. Known as the “premier authority on duct tape crafting in the United States,” she lives and creates in San Francisco.

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Edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy
Release date: July 29th, 2014
Published by: Zest Books
Genre: Young Adult Cookbook
Format: Paperback
Format read: Paperback from the publisher. 


Going green is hard to do especially when it comes to food. There are acronyms to learn, labels to decipher, seasons to accommodate, and grocery stores to navigate and that's before you even turn on the stove! The Green Teen Cookbook cuts through the chaos and shows teens how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet. And in addition to the 70+ incredible recipes (created by teens, for teens), 
the book also includes:

* Illuminating essays about freeganism, flexitarians, vegetarianism, and more!
* Tips about how to shop on a budget and get the most out of what you already have in your pantry!
* A seasonal key that ensures the freshness of the recipes (and a minimal carbon footprint)!
* Photos for each of the 70+ recipes!

The original British edition of this book was honored as The Best Sustainable Food Book in the UK, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012.


The Green Teen Cookbook is filled with simple eco-minded recipes created by teens for teens to use. However, there truly is no age limit to those who want to create delicious quick meals, snacks and desserts. Anyone can learn from these recipes! 

The 'Rough Guide' to eating healthy and seasonally was a great intro for my kids to learn about how important it is to eat the right food for vitamins and growth. There is also an intro on the difference of Vegetarianism and Flexitarian, which also helped my children understand better how people choose to eat and stay healthy. 

Recipes that you can find in this book: anything from how to make your own mayonnaise, peanut butter or chocolate spread,  to energy bars and hash browns, to seasonal snacks, lunches and dinners, and of course, delectable healthy desserts.
Each recipe has been created by different teens from around the world - a picture and quote from them is featured with their recipe. Ingredients are common and directions are easy to follow. 

One of the best parts of the book is the Kitchen Safety guide that my husband and I read and then re-read to our kids. As parents, we sometimes rush through things without thinking thoroughly and have realized that it is truly important to remember to use different cutting boards for different foods in order to avoid cross contamination. And to thoroughly clean, sterilize and store everything in its right place. 

Overall, this book is definitely drool-worthy! The close-up pictures of every recipe are intoxicating. The recipes are easy to follow. And the book is definitely easy to follow, for all ages. I look forward to cooking more recipes with my kids.

*A paperback copy was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 


Laurane Marchive studied journalism at the Institute of Political Sciences, Lille, and Modern French Literatures at the Sorbonne, Paris. After working as a journalist in France, Indonesia and India, she moved to London where she is now working as an editor, translator and rights agent. 
She also works as a freelance circus performer. 

Pam McElroy is an editor and caterer living in San Francisco, California. 
She edits books of all genres and caters under the name Meatball Maven. 
Her favorite hobbies are reading cookbooks cover to cover and cooking epic meals for her friends and family. 


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