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ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk

ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk

Amazing Creations You Can Make from Junk!

Brian Yanish

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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A monster-themed activity book about recycling trash into toys and art projects!

Welcome to Scrap City, home of an inventive tribe of creatures called ScrapKins. Using materials that people throw away (empty soda bottles and cans, milk cartons, cereal boxes, and bottlecaps) these creatures make new things that are useful—the ultimate recyclers.

With character profiles of the ScrapKins and instructions to make all kinds of puppets, instruments, and toys out of everyday items, this activity book (also featuring mazes, word scrambles, and comics) fosters creativity and encourages eco-friendliness.

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Praise for ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk

"Underlying lessons relating to science, art, language, and history will spur the imagination and inspire kids to produce their own treasures. . . A great STEM-focused craft book for at-home rainy day fun."—School Library Journal

"One man's trash is another man's . . . monster truck. Yanish's enthusiasm and the book's eye-catching format offer abundant crafty inspiration."—Publishers Weekly

"Comics and puzzles pertaining to each monster are scattered throughout the book, though the main focus is crafting. The projects are of varying levels of complexity and can be created using recyclables and materials found at home, and the fictional narrative is an interesting way to keep children invested in the concept of recycling."—Booklist

“What a great centerpiece for Free Arts NYC's Kidfest event! Even with many other projects, the Scrap Kins house was a favorite for hundreds of kids. It is amazing what Brian and Scrapkins were able to do on such short notice and with recycled materials. The simplest things are always the most enjoyable.” —Liz Hopfan, Executive Director, Free Arts NYC

“The ScrapKins foster a new generation of conservationists who are committed to such principles as recycling and making "greener" choices about what they decide to purchase. Your professionalism in interacting with our visitors was exceptional. Your recycled bird feeders served to enhance our visitor's experience at the zoo, and helped make our event an outstanding success… More…

"Underlying lessons relating to science, art, language, and history will spur the imagination and inspire kids to produce their own treasures. . . A great STEM-focused craft book for at-home rainy day fun."—School Library Journal

"One man's trash is another man's . . . monster truck. Yanish's enthusiasm and the book's eye-catching format offer abundant crafty inspiration."—Publishers Weekly

"Comics and puzzles pertaining to each monster are scattered throughout the book, though the main focus is crafting. The projects are of varying levels of complexity and can be created using recyclables and materials found at home, and the fictional narrative is an interesting way to keep children invested in the concept of recycling."—Booklist

“What a great centerpiece for Free Arts NYC's Kidfest event! Even with many other projects, the Scrap Kins house was a favorite for hundreds of kids. It is amazing what Brian and Scrapkins were able to do on such short notice and with recycled materials. The simplest things are always the most enjoyable.” —Liz Hopfan, Executive Director, Free Arts NYC

“The ScrapKins foster a new generation of conservationists who are committed to such principles as recycling and making "greener" choices about what they decide to purchase. Your professionalism in interacting with our visitors was exceptional. Your recycled bird feeders served to enhance our visitor's experience at the zoo, and helped make our event an outstanding success.” —Judy Frimer, Director, Marketing, Wildlife Conservation Society

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Brian Yanish

Brian Yanish has worked for Jim Henson Productions, trained as a special effects moldmaker, written and performed comedy, designed educational programs, and developed products for major children's brands. In 2006, he created the ScrapKins, an eco-friendly character property for kids based on his childhood drawings about a group of creatures that live in a recycling center and build their world out of the things people throw away.

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