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Book Review: Bathtime Buddies by Megan Kreiner

August 29, 2014
Bathtime Buddies by Megan Kreiner


Bathtime Buddies by Megan Kreiner
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My immediate impression of Bathtime Buddies is that Megan Kreiner has excellent skills when it comes to crochet and designing. Upon closer look, I found that she is an artist and animator for Dreamworks Animation SKG, so it is no surprise that the “buddies” within are so artfully crafted! The playful title of the book belies the fact that there are some excellent projects  that duplicate life in the sea with great accuracy!

Lobster
Kids love bath time and parents will love having any of Megan’s 20 animals which will inspire imaginative play. Just a little playtime before saying “night-night” relaxes even the most fidgety of kids and allows them to go right to sleep.

Jellyfish
Made with kid-friendly materials and baby-safe options, instruction to make the same toys for land use only is also included. The Tools & Materials section is excellent and makes it quite easy for the crocheter to find the appropriate hassle-free materials for successful completion of each toy. I, for one, will be making Octopus and Lobster for my 3-year-old grandson!

As we’ve come to expect from Martingale, the stitch illustrations are clear and very helpful and the projects follow skill-building progression so beginners can learn lots on their way to creating some impressive creatures! Some bonus skills are included also to enhance the look of each project such as crocheting on the surface, sewing, embroidery plus finish techniques.

Sea Turtle
From guppies to jellyfish and also an angler fish, the sea creatures Megan has created are not necessarily “adorable,” but they are definitely amazingly lifelike! To complete the ensemble the child’s real-life play, there is even a diver and a mermaid to make!

Bathtime Buddies was published by Martingale in August 2014 and is available in both print ($22.99) and electronic ($14.99) versions.

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