Dave Miller, aka the Cartoon Dude, invites aspiring artists to draw just about everything: from basic shapes to skate boarders, fairy princesses to sea turtles, stegosauruses to robot sharks. With over 250 pages, Miller gives easy, step-by-step instructions and tips for beginning, intermediate, and even advanced artists. On your mark; Get set; Draw!
How can you take care of me? Let me "alphabetize" the ways. Photographs of whimsical, handmade dolls by textile artist Tatiana Oles accompany a lively text. Readers will delight in following the zany, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted animals through a variety of commands that all center on me! From the timeless "Play with Me" to the contemporary "E-mail Me," this book begs the reader for attention. An ideal gift for a loved one of any age or gender.
Drawing monsters is fiendishly fun in Mike Herrod's newest addition to his bestselling Comics to Go! series. The "invisible ink" pen and light reveal both the hidden images printed within the pages and the drawings and doodles kids create themselves. Fans of monsters can complete the comics or make up their own stories and will delight in the ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires that fill the pages of this creepy collection.
Superhero fruits and vegetables are the stars in Deborah Zemke's latest doodle fest. With with oodles of step-by-step super doodles, kids of all ages can turn mild-mannered fruits and vegetables into super-charged super foods. One small tomato transforms into "The Tomatonator," big, bold, and delicious; an onion becomes an "Allium Alien"; an ear of corn becomes "Colonel Kernels."
An appetizing addition to Zemke's wildly successful Doodles series, this instructive and playful book adds an entertaining element of action and informational messages about making nutritious choices.
Tony Award winner and Broadway icon Brian Stokes Mitchell brings star power to this Broadway treasury. With entries such as "audition," "box office," "marquee," and "understudy," kids will discover Broadway from A to Z. Elliot Kreloff's energetic and dynamic illustrations come from someone who clearly knows theater from first-hand experiences.
With an introduction by Mitchell, quotes from famous Broadway performers, and theater facts and trivia, fans of all ages will delight in this compendium.
Mom and Dad tuck Snoozer into bed, but before he falls asleep, he hears strange noises: Creak creak. Thump thump. Squeak. Snoozer is afraid, but Mom and Dad comfort and reassure him. Feeling securely protected by his parents' love, Snoozer's fear of the dark diminishes. A repetitive refrain soothes Snoozer and reader alike.
This unique, interactive alphabet-art book provides hours of fun as children (and grown-ups, too) learn to draw everything from alligators to zebras, clowns to xylophones. The step-by-step instructions teach kids of all ages how to draw a wide variety of objects and creatures. Bright, colorful illustrations and easy-to-follow directions make it easy for children to draw things they never imagined they could. Parents will be thrilled with how easily their kids are entertained and kept busy for hours. The book even includes blank pages with letters for young artists to create original doodles of their own!
Grandma is much more than just the matriarch of the family. Whether she's keeping time during a race, building the perfect toy, turning the pages while you play your music, or just warming your hands, there are many reasons why a grandmother is great. Breaking traditional stereotypes, this book encourages children to imagine their grandmother in a host of contemporary situations: grandmas as sports enthusiasts, yoga instructors, and e-pals.
"If we want pizza and Grandma would rather have Chinese food, she will eat pizza. That's what grandmas are for." "If I stop for gas and it's self-serve, my granddaughter will hold the nozzle. If I'm washing my car, my grandson will help rinse it and wipe it dry. That's what grandchildren are for." A grandmother and her grandkids tell what makes the other special. This exuberant celebration of the love between grandmothers and their grandchildren will warm your heart and make you smile.
Mike Herrod's playful illustrations give the beginnings of many different stories, and it's up to the reader to complete them by adding just the right villain, musical instrument, ice cream cone. Once all the stories have endings, kids can make up their own comics from the start, using the blank pages at the end of the book. It's the perfect gift for an aspiring comics artist!
Three 36-placemat sets give step-by-step instructions on how to draw simple, humorous items and animals. BREAKFAST brings doodles that transform an egg into an emu. LUNCH is an alphabet soup of animal doodles. DINNER-time doodling shows how combinations of letters and numbers can become an enticing assortment of critters and buildings.
Is it a meatball? A basketball? A pearl? As the round hole through the pages of this book grows larger, readers will come closer and closer to guessing the identity of the object that's round like a ball, hot and cold, every color, always moving, and home to us all. With a simple text and glorious collage artwork, Lisa Campbell Ernst offers a gentle tribute to our planet and a timely reminder that we all need to take care of it.
The Twooferverse proves invaluable when Baxter's doggy pal goes missing. All the neighborhood pups provide Twitter-ish clues they find while going about their daily routines to help locate the missing mutt.
Bee's friend Cow is stuck in a fence and asks for his help. Bee cannot help Cow by himself, so he decides to get the word out to as many farmyard friends as possible. But when he tells Frog about Cow's predicament and asks him to "Pass it on!", the message that gets passed to Pig is: "Cow put duck in a tent!" From there, the message morphs into the tent falling on a woodchuck, Cow having good luck, a penny, some money, some honey, etc. In the end, understanding dawns, Cow is dis-lodged, and he and Bee thank their friends with fresh milk and honey.
Mole is happy and fulfilled by his simple life and limited possessions ("one bed, one pillow, one shelf for books, one cup for tea") till a friend "who has everything" persuades him that he doesn't have nearly enough. And so he sets out on a journey of acquisition, tunneling under and popping up in swamps and forests, in caves, junkyards, and underwater, and always managing to find another thing that he absolutely must have. Once he has everything, it must be transported back and stuffed into his small home. Having so much to attend to, and dust, and fix and, fidget with leaves no time to do the things he really likes, so Mole decides that maybe he already had everything he wanted, and not a thing more than he needed. After a grand giveaway, Mole pares his life down to just those things that make him happy and fulfilled.
Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (e.g., guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel, etc.) are all conveyed with humor and a certain demand for respect. It's a book that says: Don't just flush this stuff away! While it may dismay and stink, there's more to this stuff than you might think!
In How Things Work in the House, Lisa Campbell Ernst delves into how common household objects—such as soap, scissors and house keys—work. The detailed but easy-to-understand language describes the functioning of everyday items, and Ernst's meticulous and cleverly labeled pictures are fascinating. How Things Work in the House is a marvelous companion to the much-praised How Things Work Around the Yard. It also stands on its own as kid-compelling non-fiction.
Two artists, two styles, and one book that may not be big enough for the both of them. See, Ink (the mouse) likes things to be clean and precise. Scribbles (the cat) is the opposite. But while there should be plenty of room for each of them to make their art without getting in each other's way, or on each other's nerves, THEY CAN'T MANAGE THAT! And from there paint splatters, ink goops, pencils get broken, and brushes go wild until...it's not a work of art, IT'S A MESS! Discovering that they are no longer having any fun, the duo tentatively tries to collaborate instead of clobber, and, thus, a disasterpiece becomes a masterpiece.
A write-it-yourself book of lists! What kid wouldn't be interested in a book that's all about everything they like, wish for, think about, dream, fear, aspire to, etc.? Includes a cardstock cover and an attached elastic band for keeping the book closed (and private) and holding interior pages open for writing. Inside the pages are illustrations, fun topic-related trivia, and more than four dozen kid-accessible topics—favorite food, sports, music, books, vacations, thoughts about school, friends, family, and the near and farther-away future.
Thirty-six placemats give step-by-step instructions on how to draw silly animals offering hilarious and often ironic advice on table manners. Zemke includes fascinating facts about each animal's eating habits on every placemat. For example, a boa constrictor advises, "Chew your food before you swallow," despite the fact that snakes have expandable jaws that enable them to eat food larger than their mouths and eat it whole!
Elephant, Alligator, and Stork share poolside hijinks as they mix up their towels, tussle over ice cream, and compare diving styles. Best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long brings his energetic and engaging style to this delightful story of poolside fun and summertime friendship.
Jamie has hiccups on the day of his school play! His best friend and co-star is determined to find a cure–no matter how silly, icky, or weird it might be! Will the show-HIC!-go on?
Hiccups–everyone's had 'em, and nobody wants 'em. The familiar dilemma drives this comically exaggerated story of a boy-rabbit battling the inconvenience and embarrassment of a jumpy diaphragm. Hiccup! is an ideal choice for kids who are more attuned to sweeter brand of slapstick humor.
Dinosaurs and Life in Space–c'mon, what could be a funnier combination? And what a rip-snorting rocket ride it is in this three-story collection chronicling the hilarious adventures of the dino-denizens of Planet Meatball and Plant Lettuce.
For kids ready to move into read-alone books, this provides perfect fuel for developing independent reading, with a galaxy of laughs to boot!
Best-selling doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke is back with a go-anywhere activity book that is sure to be a hit with young aspiring artists. Turn an A into an alligator, a K into a kangaroo, and a Z into a zebra! Using letters as a starting point, this entertaining drawing book provides step-by-step instructions for doodling over 50 pictures. Kids will also read cool facts about the creatures and objects they learn to draw.
Those battling cartoon-artists from Scribbles and Ink are back, this time hosting a bright and funny "let's draw it together" activity book. Scribbles, the cat and Ink, the mouse, invite two kids (or a kid and a grownup, etc.) to tap int each other's creativity. On each spread, a silly sentence about a silly subject accompanies a space where the partners can draw. While there's helpful instructions, no exact result is demanded. The open-ended approach, coupled with subject matter such as robots, rock starts, monsters and monkeys, will draw kids into the fun to be found at the end of a pencil.
Practical-meets-clever in these nifty packable packets of 25 alphabet or number-themed doodle activities. Crafted by doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke, each activity includes:
Pocket Pack Doodles provide kids with an engaging, creative outlet that's no further away than their pockets. These kid-pleasing activity books are just as portable and convenient as the smartest phone, but a lot more fun and affordable. You gotta pick up a Pocket Pack–or two!
Part travelogue, part I SPY, part Where’s…Charlie!
Find a pirate museum. Look for Key West. Then find Miami where the beach is the best!
Is he on a Bourbon Street balcony? Riding the Ferris wheel on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier? Hiding out in a Nevada ghost town?
This three-book series invites kids to take trips with Charlie the traveling pup, who goes to hundreds of places in the American South, West, and Northeast. For each featured state there are rhyming clues to help find Charlie, and all sorts of interesting,historical, and offbeat attractions and locations.
Picture-style maps and sidebars offer cool state-related trivia. From deep in the Grand Canyon, to Elvis’s mansion, to the field where the Wright brothers took to the skies, this incredibly charming trio of travelogues can be used for:
• book reports
• beyond-the-backyard exploration
• firing up kids to discover all the real,not just the virtual, world has to offer.
Where can these books take kids?
Just ask Charlie—he’ll know!
Can you find it?
From Sesame Street’s classic “one of these things is not like the other” to the Second Look page in People magazine, spotting-the-differences is fun and absorbing at every age.
What’s New? What’s Missing? What’s Different? offers kids hundreds of “Aha!” moments with illustrations that range from relatively simple to satisfyingly complex. In addition to discerning differences, the activities also provide fun ways to sharpen brainpower and important learning skills through coloring and drawing.
A little bit I Spy, a little bit of seek-and-find, and a dash of doodling all add up to a book that’s a great value, packed with 96 pages of engaging entertainment.
Maybe it’s the inherent hunting instinct in us.
Maybe it’s the aspiring detective. Whatever it is that excites this urge, we all seem to love to figure out What’s New? What’s Missing? What’s Different?