The Super Dede Competition

The Dedes are a troupe of distinctive dada-style art puppets created by Dietlind Wagner in 2011. In the Super Dede Competition five unlikely contestants battle out who amongst them is the most popular. Discover how the contestants cope with scary moments and unexpected situations. And don't be surprised if you find traits of your friends (or enemies) in the way the puppets carry on. More

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About Dietlind Wagner

Dietlind Wagner is a artist, graphic designer and educator living in New Zealand. In 2011, out of the blue, she started making the Dede puppets. Originally they were conceived as heads only (no bodies) but they very quickly developed a life of their own, demanded dresses to be made and are up to mischief every since.

Reviews

Review by: Jessie Martinovic on May 27, 2016 : (no rating)
What a story!

I was on the edge of my seat reading about these puppets and their lives so intensely. The way Dietlind reflects psychological aspects of the human condition through puppetry is as clever as it is true. With necessary humour, the story takes you on a journey through many of the facets of life we all encounter, making it easily relateable.

The language used is easily digestible, and I am sure there are different levels of moral teachings for different levels of understanding.

Some favourite lines

‘Her words merged seamlessly into a spasmodic sobbing.’

‘Dede puppets usually don’t change colour, but believe me, she did.’

L’Artiste for ‘copyrighting his appearance’

‘eyes didn’t match her answers’

My favourite part was about the friendship. ONE: Friendship, TWO: Friendship and THREE: Friendship. No question about it! True friendship really is a virtue.

Thought provoking and inspirational, for both adults and children alike.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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