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Chill: Discover the Cool (and Creative) Side of Your Fridge
     

Chill: Discover the Cool (and Creative) Side of Your Fridge

by Allan Peterkin, Mike Shiell (Illustrator)
 

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Did you know that a refrigerator has the power to make your spare time more interesting and families more functional? A fridge can also give kids a sense of artistic accomplishment - and even help them make some extra cash. They can also use the fridge to horrify siblings and brainwash parents! Chill is an interactive guide for kids to make their family fridge the

Overview

Did you know that a refrigerator has the power to make your spare time more interesting and families more functional? A fridge can also give kids a sense of artistic accomplishment - and even help them make some extra cash. They can also use the fridge to horrify siblings and brainwash parents! Chill is an interactive guide for kids to make their family fridge the most cool and creative in the universe. This colorfully illustrated book, full of comic-strip sections, cool factoids and out-there fridge psychology, includes a history of refrigeration, instructions on how to create special-occasion fridges, 101 things to put on your fridge, the Five Taboo Fridge Behaviors, how to create a fridge art consulting business, crafts, quizzes and games and more. Chill will keep the whole family coming back to the refrigerator again and again - and not just to rummage for snacks.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
It is hard to imagine that kids would be interested in a book about refrigerators. In fact the author begins with the question, "What kind of moron would write a whole book on the subject of fridge art?" However, this quirky collection of cartoons, factoids, quizzes, and craft projects does its best to spark an interest at least in reading the book, if not in creating fridge art. It is ostensibly devoted to three major topics: the history of refrigerators, scientific theories, and fridge arts and crafts. This is confusing as it is primarily intended to amuse not inform. Much of the information is presented in tongue-in-cheek style so it is often difficult for a child to separate fact from fiction. Kids will appreciate not only the humor but also the interactive style, which includes a fun quiz before each chapter, as well as "Try This," and other craft activities and word games scattered throughout each chapter. Every page is well illustrated with colorful, amusing, and engaging graphics. In some cases, the author appears to have been trying a little too hard to find enough material to fill a chapter as there a few overly wordy, obvious sections. For example, there are separate directions about how to hang single letter, single word, and multiple word magnets although the same technique is used each time. At the end there is a list of tape and other items that can be used to affix items to the fridge—this could have been covered in a sentence at the beginning of the craft section. The ideas for spurring creativity should interest many craft-minded children, particularly the "Dark and Stormy Night" word sets, the "Brainwashing Fridge," and the "Cartoon Fridge." Reviewer: LeighGeiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Peterkin states that by reading this book, "Your life is about to change forever." It's a quirky title about the world of refrigerators and the art that covers them. He includes the history of refrigerators, the inventions surrounding their existence, the psychology of using them, and the art of decorating one. While the book is written in a tongue-in-cheek style and is highly humorous, it also presents a wealth of factual information. The author explains how magnets work and shows how to use them in pursuit of a perfectly decorated refrigerator. He includes unusual themed days to decorate a fridge such as "Squirrel Appreciation Day," "Moldy Cheese Day," or "National Junk Food Day." He even goes into how one could possibly go into business and make money at refrigerator decorating. Cartoons add to the humorous tone of the text. Parents who value a clean refrigerator door surface should avoid this book at all cost.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA

Books for Growing Minds
A colorful collection of comic-strip sections, cool factoids, and out-there fridge psychology.
From the Publisher
A colorful collection of comic-strip sections, cool factoids, and out-there fridge psychology.

While the book is written in a tongue-incheek style and is highly humorous, it also presents a wealth of factual information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554534296
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Allan Peterkin is the author of several books on unusual topics for adults like the history of beards and moustaches.

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