The Art of Darkness

Unquiet Books

September 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Okay, this thing has been knocking around in my Drafts folder for nearly five years(!), it’s clearly never going to get out of the planning stages and I’m tired of looking at it, so I’m going to dump the half-formed mess on you guys and let you deal with it. (This is why you read this blog; for quality posts like this one.)

Way back in 2011 I mentioned the awesome quiet books made by Julie of Julie’s Blog (at the time she had Star Wars and Star Trek versions; she’s since added Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings). In that post I joked that somebody needed to do an “unquiet book” featuring spooky creatures, and the more I thought about it the more I liked the notion. I jotted down a bunch of possible ideas and then sat on them for five years and here we are today.

So if somebody with more unquiet-book ambition than I feels like taking any of these ideas and running with them, knock yourselves out. Send me pictures.

(The purpose of a quiet book, for anyone still puzzled, is right there in the name: It’s a book containing a series of simple activities meant to encourage small children to shut their piehole play quietly by themselves for a few minutes. The activities usually have the added benefit of helping younger kids learn to perform simple tasks like buttoning a button or tying a shoelace.)

Help the spider finish his web – Lace a ribbon through grommets to complete a spider’s web.

Put Dracula in his coffin – Unzip the coffin and place a felt-figure vampire inside.

Help the ghost find his grave – Follow a stitched line across a graveyard.

Rewrap the mummy’s face – Weaving with ribbons.

Put the pumpkins into their patch – Attach half of a snap closure to the backs of felt pumpkins and place the other halves in a patch of leaves so the pumpkins can be snapped into place.

Turn into a werewolf – Felted glove with claws and fake fur that the child can slip their hand into.

Reassemble the skeleton – Velcro-backed pieces of a skeleton (skull, ribcage, arms and legs) which can be placed in proper order along a fixed-in-place spine.

Dress the witch – Dress-up doll with a few different dresses, hats, and stockings.

Carve a Jack-o’-lantern – Arrange felt eyes, nose, and mouth on a plain pumpkin.

What’s hiding under the bed? – Lift the flap to find simple finger puppets.

Put eyes on the Voodoo doll – Buttons attached to the page, and a felt face with buttonholes that can be buttoned in place.

Help the witch finish her brew – Cauldron with felt shapes like snakes, toads, and bats to tuck into the top.

A couple more ideas that would probably be a little too dark in practice but amuse me in theory:

Help the Aztec priest tear out his victim’s heart – Zippered chest cavity with a removable felt heart inside.

Arrange the skulls of Kali’s victims – Pile up little felt skulls at her feet.

Help the Washer at the Ford do her laundry – Tuck little bloodstained shirts into a pool of water.

Have any other ideas? Share ’em in the comments!

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10 Responses

  1. Bruno Says:

    Good lord, Cobwebs <3

  2. Kathy White Says:

    Exquisite Corpse – mix and match body parts to put together (another velcro idea)

    Groom Your Pet – comb out the fur on the werewolf or the sabre tooth pussycat

    Jekyl or Hyde – flip book page

    Medusa’s Very Bad Hair Day – braid the snakes, pnytail them etc.

  3. Kay chamberlain Says:

    Cannibal stew , eyeballs, limbs, ears , hearts

  4. Devries Says:

    Help the midievil warrior, (erasible markers over laminated wounds which to stich, cut etc.
    mummie disection, velcro organs over felt mummy, Color Jeckyl’s potions

  5. Pixel Pixie Says:

    There’s gotta be some sort of elder god in there. Maybe stick your fingers through holes in the back and wiggle around as tentacles?

  6. Jori Says:

    This is great! If you publish I want a copy.

  7. WitchArachne Says:

    Sew up the guy’s Chelsea Smile (sewing – obvs).
    Make the selkie your wife (pull off its velcroed sealskin)
    Reanimate the zombie (probably slightly too 3D for a book but stick the body together with magnets. Bonus points if you wire it up with LEDs so his little extra bits can glow).

  8. KG Says:

    Funny timing. I’m working on a quiet book for a non-spooky friend and when I’m done I was going to make a spooky one for myself(for future parasites of my own, someday). I’m sooo using some of these ideas. The werewolf glove is awesome!!!

  9. Mim Says:

    Oh, I love those ideas!

  10. xJane Says:

    This is a super cute idea, and the name!!

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