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I Can Draw At The Shops Board book – Illustrated, 17 May 2010


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  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; 1 edition (17 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753419637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753419632
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.1 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,620,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

I CAN DRAW: AT THE SHOPS gives children the confidence to learn to draw favourite items and objects found at the shops. Starting from a simple shape, each step adds a little extra until the picture is complete.

About the Author

Simon Abbott lives with his family in Suffolk, UK, and has been illustrating children’s books, toys and games for over 10 years. His favourite subjects to draw are smiley snails and funky fish. When he hasn’t got a pencil in his hand, Simon likes to run, and he has completed both the London and Barcelona Marathons. He also coaches his youngest son’s school football team, though they are still waiting for a win!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2010
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This is one of a series of 8 books intended to encourage and help children in their drawing skills. It's set in the familiar robust thick paperboard, so necessary when dealing with three-year olds and has an easy to follow format of six familiar scenes. In this case a bakery, flower shop, greengrocers, supermarket, flower shop and toy shop.
The subject is set in a two page scene of a background of colourful images, the centre of the right page being a 16 square grid, the opposite page 4 smaller versions of the same grid, showing a step-by-step approach to drawing something associated with the shop; in the baker it's a cake. The surface is a wipe-free one and although a pen is provided you can also buy your own, provided they are good quality wipe-clean pens. This is a very strong point, for it extends the book's life and as source of entertainment. This format gives the child the chance to perfect their skills and grow in confidence. It's easy to follow formulae is also a help to parents and grandparents whose artistic skills are not their strong point!
Ideal as a starting point, and also for slightly more experienced children who feel they can do the drawings without some grown-up staring over their shoulder, in fact with a bit of practice they'll be able to sort it all out for themselves.
It might be worth buying a couple of these books as standbys for the summer holidays, you never know when they'll come in handy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Marie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2010
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This is a good wipe-clean board book - my daughter (3) loves wipe clean activity books full stop and they last and last unlike paper activity books.

This one was just ok for us. It doesn't have a great deal of pages to it and I think it is limited in what it is asking the child to do - copy a picture. Perhaps my daughter is too young to get the copying concept as she gets bored quite quickly and then just scribbles. So maybe it is better for an older child or for a child who really wants to learn to draw.

I also think it a little pricey for what it is. And personally for a little extra I would recommend My Big Activity Work Book [With 2 Wipe-Clean Pens] which has simply tons of pages (56) and is packed full of activities which are also educational - tracing letters, numbers, shapes, basic addition, 4x4 sudoku and dot-to-dots. My daughter cannot do all of this but can certainly do quite a bit with the bonus that there is a lot more to last her another couple of years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Loughridge VINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2010
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My daughter aged 4 loved the look of this book and has enjoyed using it on and off over the last few days. The idea of 'whiteboard' wipe clean pages appealed to her as this is not something she has much experience of. Her 6 year old sister has taken an interest in the book too, but I think it is really geared for younger children. I was slightly disappointed that there were only 6 different images to draw - a fairy cake, a vase of flowers, a bowl of fruit, a supermarket trolley, a bag of sweets and a teddy bear. However, there are 5 spaces for each one, with varying degrees of picture left to fill in. I imagine that this book will end up in the car for long journeys and could be a good time filler. I just hope that when the marker supplied dries up that we can use any other marker, otherwise that will be the end of the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2010
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In principle this book is an excellent idea to entertain and amuse children of 3+, although to be honest it does suit the 4+ age group somewhat better. It consists of five double spread board pages with instructions how to draw a specific item - i.e. a teddy bear relating to a toy shop in a grid form which the child can replicate on the right hand page using the included whiteboard marker.

It's a really innovative idea, but like many things in life, the concept is better than the reality as unless you allow the ink to dry properly it smudges onto surrounding fabrics/surfaces. My son is especially impatient and cannot wait for even the smallest things, so this meant that the ink smeared everywhere and try as I might, I can't remove it from my husband's top.

In conclusion, a good idea, but use with caution!
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2010
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After reading the greatest gift you can give a child is perhaps the skills to help create things from their own imaginations or from real life, in short the gift of art. Contained within this series of eight books is a great way to get them started and will once begun give them hours of fun as they learn to hone the skills that they're developing.

My own target for this was my nephew who whilst having art teachers for parents, is only just starting to learn the basics. What makes these titles so much fun is that they're easy to follow, use white board technology so that they can draw inside the book and improve until they perfect the task at hand.

Its great fun and you can, with these titles, help generate a great start for your child alongside teaching yourself some of the basics. After all, a great many of us were never taught to draw as children and as such always disliked classes that forced us to face our fears yet these books make sure that no matter what skill level you have, you can learn the basic shapes to turn out a reasonable effort that will delight and amuse the child concerned.

Add to this at the end of the day that you can pick up the ones that appeal most and help them learn the basics so that they can then draw and colour in pictures for family and it really will make your day. I've also managed to turn it into not only drawing fun but Garden fun as my nephew is currently obsessed with Bugs. So after practicing drawing a selection of garden creatures (as well as using some of the other books such as Pets, Park etc) we had creatures we had to spot on our paper. When he saw one, he had to shout out and point to the picture and we'd add a tick and see what we saw most of.
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