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Courtney's Creative Adventures
by Courtney Watkins
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2002 (2002)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Looking for something to do? Courtney's cheerful cover offers 'Zillions of Ideas for Things to Squish, Wonder About, Play, Squint At, Invent, Decorate, Do, Smell, Imagine, Investigate, Paint, Make, Puzzle Over and Dream!' and exhorts small readers to 'Never say "I'm bored" again!' Zoom in Courtney's 'back-in-time vehicle' to see how much fun she had as a kid - you can have a blast too.

You'll find out how to make a time line of your life; draw a blueprint of your home; set up a drawstring to make your bed; interview friends; stir up creative vittles for a pet; stock a 'Possibility Shop' and use it to make all kinds of cool stuff; weave patterns; take 'Handy Puppets' on tour; experiment with quicksand; make new friends and play 'Get to know me'; grade your school; stretch your imagination; make a commercial; set up your own business; wear 'Perspectacles'; create codes and invisible ink; and much more.

Courtney supplies fill-in-the-blank pages to help with things like Scavenger Hunts and listing 'Your Top 10 ... things you've accomplished, made, invented, discovered, jumped over, or thought up' (she recommends that you do this every month). Courtney's Creative Adventures is a chaotic, creative, colorful presentation with examples, photos and cartoons of fun things to do. In addition to what's already there, it will generate even more ideas for new possibilities in invention and imaginative play.

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