CREATE YOUR OWN MONSTER features 15 different monster templates, 12 of which have been illustrated by influential artists, plus three blank DIY sheets for your own designs. CREATE YOUR OWN MONSTER is from Laurence King, a London based house that publishes books for students, professionals and the general consumer on advertising, art, fashion & textiles, animation, graphic design, interior design, photography and product design. In 2011 Laurence King Publishing launched a line of gift and children's books that reflects the design and production skills as well as the creative range of their line of technical art books. While I didn't recognize any of the artists who contributed to this monster kit, I am sure that they have gravitas based on the other books and gift items Laurence King Publishing has made.
The monsters to be created are easy to assemble and capable of participating in all kinds of imaginary play. The made-by-you monsters come in three very cool shapes and are ready to be drawn on, glued and glittered, wrapped and ribboned and maybe even get stuck with a few googly eyes.
And these monsters were designed by Nomoco.
While I would probably give CREATE YOUR OWN MONSTER to a creative kid first, it seems like an infinitely versatile gift. I could also see this kit as being a very cool present for a little kid who likes imaginative play. I could totally imagine this set keeping a kid busy, spread out on the floor, as dinner is being prepared or mom and dad are having some adult time. Or maybe you know a quirky college student who has a dorm room that needs decorating? The possibilities are endless!
And, just in case you know someone (like me) who adores robots, be sure to check out Make Your Own Robot. The construction is a bit more involved, but SO COOL!!!