CANTON - It's a good thing that Matt Fleury of Canton is not giving his Etch-A-Sketch away as a present.

That's because he would have a hard time fitting it under the Christmas tree.

Matt's Etch-A-Sketch - which is really a non-working replica of the popular toy - sits outside his house along East Main Street in Canton as a Christmas decoration. It's nearly as tall as his 8-year-old son, Isaac.

The larger-than-life Etch-A-Sketch caught my eye as I passed through the borough recently. I talked with Matt's wife, Jen, about her husband's creation.

"He thought he would make an Etch-A-Sketch just for something fun to do," she said.

Matt did a great job reproducing the look of the famous toy.

It looks the real thing, right down to its gray screen, red frame, and white knobs. It has a message of "Merry Christmas" with a Christmas tree drawn beside the words.

"He paid attention to detail," Jen commented. "He had the Etch A Sketch right there, and tried to replicate it exactly."

Jen said people have commented that it's creative.

"They think it's nice," she said. "They ask what he's going to put out next."

She said they've had the Etch-A-Sketch up for three or four Christmases. They put it out right after Thanksgiving, and bring it in after New Year's.

Certainly, it's hard to deny the success of Etch-A-Sketch. According to the website, where the toy is for sale, more than 100 million have been sold.

"For more than 40 years, the Etch-A-Sketch has been challenging kids to twist and turn their way to a masterpiece," the website notes. "To make a sketch, simply turn the vertical and horizontal drawing knobs and watch the line appear on the magnetic screen."

The giant Etch-A-Sketch has made quite an impression on Isaac.

"Well, it's very big."

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