DADCANDO: Kaptin Scarlet's book is out! Answered
I just had the chance to read the new Dadcando book from Kaptin Scarlet, aka father-of-four Chris Barnardo who runs dadcando.com. The book is absolutely excellent, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen his carefully-crafted Instructables.
All of the projects are creative, inexpensive, well-documented, accessible, and most importantly, they look like fun. The I was quite taken by the Waves and Wheels section (that little submarine will be making an appearance in my daughter's bath soon!) and even the science and Advanced projects are quite doable for even a novice DIY dad.
But Barnardo shines when he turns his glue gun and paints to the fantastic. Written in the voice of his Kaptin Scarlet persona, the Great Adventures chapter describes how to make a wizard's wand, a feather quill and magical ink pot, and dragon-hunters goggles. The projects simply ooze creativity, and look good enough to support hours of imaginary play.
The book is peppered with wise advice for the single or divorced, non-custodial parent who wants to stay engaged in his children's lives without succumbing to the usual pitfalls of consumerist overindulgence or disconnection. The tips are universally applicable without seeming preachy, and provide lots of encouragement to get away from the computer and do something with your kids.
In short, Dadcando is brilliant. It's the perfect Father's Day gift, or general-purpose inspirational gift for anyone you know with kids. I really can't recommend this book highly enough, and will be sending copies to friends and family as soon as it's available in the states!
Dadcando at amazon.co.uk (available now)
Dadcando at amazon.com (available July 5)