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Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual 2

Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual 2Fans of the Toothsome Twosome will
  not want to miss Wallace & Gromit’s
  Cracking Contraptions Manual 2
, which
  illustrates the wild and wacky inventions
  featured in the animated series...”

ENTHUSIASTIC INVENTOR Wallace lets his imagination run riot as he puts together his greatest projects (with the help of his canine friend) in Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual 2, which covers everything from the jumbo generator, inflatable safety suit, garden exit system and pie launcher. Not to mention the fantastic cellar studio and moon rocket.

Highly amusing contraptions are illustrated by fabulous photography with the famous Haynes-style detailed sketches showing the internal workings with cutaway drawings (meticulously researched technical descriptions outline exactly how these 'labour-saving devices' work) and an explanation of the inventions and their purpose.

Everyone would love to have the Mk1 Easy Iron — especially if they had a best friend like Gromit to help! This would certainly take the tedium out of pressing your clothes. Perhaps the fuel and drinks dispenser would be good for a 'serve yourself' garage. Quite a handy gadget this, if you are in desperate need of either. Just make sure you don't put coffee in your car and diesel in your tummy!

Hot on the heels of the huge success of the first Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual published last year, Haynes has turned its technical attentions to the unorthodox vehicles and inventions of Wallace & Gromit, including the superb Austin A35 Van, complete with rabbit lure modification.

Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions 2 lifts the lid on Wallace's brand new inventions exclusively created for last year's World Of Inventions series on BBC One, as well as the marvellous machines built for Aardman's box office hit The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.

Wallace & Gromit Easy Iron

Welcoming this second Manual, Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park of Aardman Animation says: "I was so overwhelmed by the success of our first Wallace and Gromit Haynes Manual and so now to have a second volume out is just unbelievable. It is a double honour to bring to Wallace & Gromit fans everywhere a second volume of their ridiculous gadgets and inventions, dissected and beautifully illustrated in that distinctively British Haynes Manual tradition."

In a letter to the Editor, published in Cracking Contraptions 2, Wallace writes: "I'm so glad that everyone enjoyed the first book… I'm sure readers who, like Gromit and me, enjoy a modern lifestyle will find plenty here to keep them occupied."

The book includes details of Wallace's new PRONTO PRINT machine (patent pending), created especially for the purpose of printing this new Manual. He adds: "Everyone at Stains Manuals can now put their feet up and have a cuppa — because I've finished the book for you."

Many of the well-known contraptions are included in this latest manaul. The internationally-acclaimed Bun Vac 6000, which in The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit won Wallace Lady Tottington's heart and finished off his love rival Victor, is laid bare for all to see, alongside the Anti-Pesto Launch System, complete with diagrams for all five phases of operation.

Wallace & Gromit A35 VanWallace's terrific cellar studio from World Of Inventions is revealed, with special attention paid to the Jumbo Generator — a remarkable, if somewhat unorthodox solution to the huge power demands of the television studio. Detailed diagrams and technical descriptions outline how the methane gas emitted from an elephant (Kevin) is harnessed — totally humanely, of course!

Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual 2 is written by Derek Smith (with a letter from Wallace), an Editor at Haynes Publishing, and illustrated by Graham Bleathman, one of the country's foremost illustrators who is renowned for his drawings for the Gerry Anderson cult television series Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Joe 90 and X-Men annuals. He is particularly well-known for his 'cross section' illustrations. His drawings have appeared in a number of books, magazines and comics since the early 1990s.

Rib-ticklingly funny, Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions 2 is a fascinating and clever journey into 'what ifs' with wonderful illustrations and detailed diagrams. With background information about each project and how it fits into Wallace & Gromit's lives, the contraptions include some that are a bit scary — like the Mind Manipulation-O-Matic with a thought collection dome. Wallace had a thought that it could clear the bunnies minds of vegetable eating… and we all know how that ended!

Haynes lifts the lid on Wallace & Gromit's newest cracking contraptions with Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions 2, published on 6 October 2011. It's available from all good book shops, direct from Haynes or you can call 02963 442030. RRP £12.99. Format: Hardback | ISBN: 978 0 85733147 2.

"Rib-ticklingly funny, Wallace & Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual 2 is a fascinating and clever journey into 'what ifs' with wonderful illustrations and detailed diagrams" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

Haynes is well-known for car and motorcycle manuals. Since 1960, 150 million have been sold worldwide and last year over a million were sold in the UK. During the last two years Haynes has been creating manuals for fictional, iconic and historic vehicles, including Bob The Builder, the USS Enterprise from Star Trek, The Titanic and the NASA Space Shuttle.

Manuals for Star Wars' Millennium Falcon and the Route Master Bus are due in the run-up to Christmas 2011.