Book Review – Stick It

Title: Stick It: 99 DIY Duct Tape Projects
Author: T. L. Bonaddio
Illustrator: Andrew Tomlinson
Printed: 2009
Format: Spiral Bound Hardback

Okay, so 99 duct tape projects sounded really awesome, when this book grabbed my attention, so I snagged it from a shelf and took it home with me, fully expecting to flip through the whole book and make a project or two.
And then I looked at the book.
And I’m really disappointed.

For starters, 99 projects is a total misnomer. Why? Well, when eight of them are wallets and several of those eight are the same thing but with different colors, you’re really not giving 99 projects. There is, for example, a whole chapter of rings – you know, all the same but different. So really there are like six projects in this book and a bunch of variations of the same six projects. And they’re not even the projects that I *wanted* to find – like duct tape roses or do it yourself corsets or gift bags or anything else. And some of these are, you know, UGLY. Fringe duct tape necklaces. Seriously.

And then there is the fact that the illustrations are *terrible* and really, if you didn’t craft and were trying this stuff out, the illustrations would be enough to make you never ever finish a project. They’re hand drawn in the way that, um, my 11-year-old niece could have drawn them. And I love her to death, but she’s not an artist. What about, you know, photographs? The only photos in this book are of the duct tape items SITTING ON DUCT TAPE so you can barely see stuff.

There is no redeeming quality. Some of this stuff is so ugly that I wouldn’t have known what they were if it hadn’t been for the fact that I was being told. (And really, some of them, I don’t believe that they’re what they say they are or that anyone would *ever* use them.)

So, really disappointed. I’ll be using craftster from now on.

One out of five pages for sure – it’s not worth the paper it was printed on.


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