When John Murphy wrote his first book Stupid Sock Creatures, little did he know he would start a sock creature revolution. People everywhere were so inspired by the eight creatures contained within, they began making sock creatures of their own. John then invited these loyal readers to become guest designers for his latest work, Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures (Lark Crafts, October 2012, 132 pages).
The book is divided into two parts. The first breaks down the basic instructions for creating sock monsters. It includes such things as the contents of a creature sewing kit (sewing machines are NOT required), explanations about stuffing techniques and teeth and tongue construction, to name a few of the 14 tips included in the 31 pages.
The second part is the meatiest and consists of 19 wild and wonderful creatures all with personalities and biographies that make the how-to book read almost like a storybook. For instance, one of my particular favorites (the pop-eyed guy on the far right pictured above) has a profile that reads like this: “Pie Thagorus-PT for short-is a chubby little fellow who likes to eat pies, You’ll know he’s spotted a tasty one when his eyes pop right out of his head. PT is lazy enough to require no legs, but he expects to be carried everywhere he goes.” John warns us, however, that if we don’t have a pie nearby, PT just might go for our cat. Run, kitty, run!
As far as the instructions to make Pie Thagorus and his other friends, they consist of colorful, easily interpreted diagrams, well-thought-out descriptions and quips that make your sock creatures come alive. From a one-sock creation for beginners (which was designed by a 12 year old), to a four-sock masterpiece for those with more experience, there is something for everyone.