Sunday, February 14, 2021


--  'Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From 
Stilts and Super-Hero Capes
 to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 
25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families'--
Author Mike Adamick
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Author Bio & My Thoughts~
ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:
It's time for serious family fun!
Get ready to take playtime to the next level with Dad's Book of Awesome Projects! Inside, you;ll find step-by-step instructions and photographs detailing projects so imaginative and fun, no one will complain about turning off the TV. From wooden "swords" to slay the most vicious of dragons to circus stilts that will send you soaring to new heights, these projects are sure to spark everyone's creative spirit. And the fun doesn't stop there! This book shows you and your kids how to build:
Comic book shoes
Rope swings
Homemade goo slime
Eggshell cupcakes
Ol'-fashioned fruit crate scooter

Best of all, each of these activities can be tossed together with items around the house or with inexpensive supplies from the hardware store. With 25 DIY projects and crafts, Dad's Book of Awesome Projects will reveal just how awesome it is to be a dad!

Praise for Dad's Book of Awesome Projects

“From circus stilts to cupcakes, these creations are of the ‘anybody can do it’ variety–less Martha, more Everyman (or woman).” ~ Parade Magazine

“Step-by-step instructions for superhero capes, eggshell cupcakes and a backyard swing set are included, all with a no-coddling, do-it-yourself mentality.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle

“The projects in Mike Adamick’s new craft collection, Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects, aren’t designed for experts–just families who want some good, possibly quite messy fun.” ~ Huffington Post Parents


ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from his website}:
Mike Adamick is author of the bestselling family craft series: Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects, Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments, and Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes. Adamick has written for and been featured in The New York Times, NPR, CBS Morning Show, Science Friday, PBS, Life of Dad, City Dads, and more. He has been a keynote speaker for the BlogHer and Dad 2.0 conferences, and he penned the “Daddy Issues” column for He is a stay-at-home dad to Emme.

This is a fun book for parents, teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, and church leaders to use with middle-grade learners!
This book includes excellent stepped-out instructions with photos and a delightful narrative from this dad who obviously enjoys spending time creating crafts with his daughter. One thing I particularly liked was the author's tips about 'safety' when crafting and when playing with the projects.

I borrowed this book from the 'New Book' Non-Fiction shelf in the Children's Section at our local public library.

Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog. 



  1. This book looks so fun. I wish it was around when my kid was younger. I'll keep it in mind for a gift.

  2. What a great idea for a book. I also like that it keeps families doing positive things together. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

  3. I love that the author has devoted a series of books that feature a variety of activities Dad's can do with their kids. Will check this one out because I have many great grands and nieces and nephews. Great pick.

  4. This sounds like such a fun book—I can imagine families having a blast with these projects! Thanks for the great post!

  5. I love books like this, and you keep finding them for me. Thanks! I just ordered it from my library.


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