By April Chorba
Klutz, $16.99, 50 pages

Pom-poms have always been useful in crafting. They make fantastic eyes and hair. Did you know you can make them yourself? Author April Chorba has put together a kit perfect for ages 8 and up called Pom-Pom Monster Salon. Chorba takes working with pom-poms to a totally cool new level. This is a Klutz book that guarantees it’s all about kids having fun. Using the step-by-step instructions, included ruler, comb, and acrylic yarn, children can make creations so fashionable they could be on the runway. After making the basic pom-pom, kids will choose the accessories to create the look they want. Will the creature have a Moaning Mohawk or a Monster Mop? Will the monster have a Basic Boo! Do or an Ahhh!-Fro? The book is packed with materials including itty-bitty bows, silly eyes and teeth, colorful punch-outs (like wings and shoes) and glue. With a little creativity children and make a stylishly groomed pom-pom monster. This is an ideal party activity both boys and girls can enjoy. Younger children may need help measuring yarn and using the included wrap and snap pom-pom maker.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin