Friday, January 20, 2012
Puppets Around the World by Gina Nuttall
This is a simple but informative book about puppets from around the world. It is a great introduction to puppets and the text is accompanied with large, colourful photographs of the different types of puppets. There is information on marionette puppets in China, the famous French puppet Guignol, shadow puppets from Indonesia, bunraku which is a type of puppet show in Japan, Punch and Judy the seaside puppet shows in Britain. In Vietnam some puppet shows are performed on water and the puppets need to be waterproof. Another section deals with Charlie, the famous dummy from the US and talks about ventriloquism. The final section is an instructional text on how to make your own felt finger puppet. There is a short glossary in the back of the book as well as a simple index.