Thursday, July 30, 2009

100% Pure Fake

Thomas, Lyn. 2009. 100% Pure Fake: Gross Out Your Friends and Family With 25 Great Special Effects. Kids Can Press. Available in August 2009.

This book--in a way--is the literary equivalent to a noisy, obnoxious toy. The kind of toy that kids love to play with--at least until they get tired of it--but is prone to driving parents crazy. This book has boy written all over it. (Not that it would be impossible for girls to want to make fake poop, but more likely this one will appeal to boys over girls.) Included in this craft book (yes, it's a craft book) are instructions for making 'fake' vomit, blood, poop, scars, snot, moles, road kill, etc. It's illustrated with photographs and cartoon-like illustrations.

Your basic blood:
This basic blood is thin and drippy, like blood from a finger cut or scratch. Pour a small amount on your hand or arm and watch it dribble down. Moan a bit and ask for a Band-Aid.

Stuff you'll need
125 mL (1/2 c.) corn syrup
5 mL (1 tsp) red food coloring
3 to 4 drops of blue food coloring.

Pour the corn syrup into a bowl. Add the food coloring. Mix well. Ta-da! Fake blood.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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