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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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,444,021 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 Amazon Customer on 23 April 2010
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Six wipeable hardback scenes with a black marker pen and sample example pictures built up over 4 grids for children to copy from.

Our 6 and 2 year olds loved it - and are still arguing over whose book it is. The both found it fun and addictive and its a good few minutes before they need other stimuli - which is about as good as most things get.

The book layout and design is attractive, the concept is good, the variation in designs wide enough (given the likely attention span) and the book is well-built and solid. In short, a great present idea.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anistitis on 27 May 2010
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Good for those with short concentration span,loves drawing and like to redraw things again and again (namely my 4 yera old niece0. Not much problem with wiping off Lostt he pen almost immediately but manage to get just a normal white board marker instead which works ok. Just ce careful whilst wipingo off, can get ink everywhere so wait for it to dry off before attempting again. Overall, good fun educational product and cheap and cheerful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I love New York VINE VOICE on 20 April 2010
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Bright and cheerful pictures for your children to copy and learn to scale there drawing. The pages are whiteboard style and it comes with black marker that easily wipes from the books pages......WARNING - It does not come off anything that isn't the book!

It will provide hours of fun for my little dudes.

Great value as most kids books seem to be.

5 stars
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