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Doodle On!: Christmas Doodles Hardcover – Illustrated, 2 Oct 2009
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Pencils at the ready! Let your imagination run wild!
About the Author
Anja Boretzki is a multi-talented illustrator living in Nürnberg, Germany. Her fun, bright illustrations have been turned into greetings cards and wrapping paper, and she regularly contributes artwork to magazines. Anja illustrated her first ever picture book, ANIMAL PANTS, for Macmillan Children's Books; the new series of doodle books, DOODLE ON!, will be her first project with Campbell Books.
Smriti Prasadam-Halls has worked as a writer and commissioning editor for a number of major publishing houses. While at the BBC she wrote magazine stories for such favourite characters as Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Noddy and the Tweenies! Smriti lives in Richmond with her husband and two children. She says she's a bit rubbish at drawing but first rate at doodling!
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However, I thought it would be fun to review, and I enlisted my ten year old son to help out (it is a children's book, and my doodling is dreadful). He has tested it extensively and reports that the book is "brilliant".
"Doodle on: Christmas doodles" consists of a generous number of partially completed drawings, with suggestions for what to do - for example "Make this row of shops look festive". It a well made book, with a wire spiral binding and good hefty board covers, slightly smaller than A4 size. The themes capture a child's excitement at Christmas, and should provide a good few hours' entertainment in the school holidays. It runs on the to New Year, ending with fireworks.
On the whole, a fun book, probably to be given before Christmas rather than as a present, which will encourage children to get drawing.
This book will really get its owner thinking. For example, one page provides an outline drawing of a window, and you have to complete the picture to show what you might see outside on Christmas morning. There are plain mittens to decorate, Christmas wrapping paper to design, a Christmas table to be laid and so much more. You get the idea. This book will appear to those who are keen on drawing. My 7 year old who loves sketching couldn't wait to get stuck in. However, for those (like me) who panic at the sight of a blank page, the outlines on each page provide a starting point and inspiration. I do agree with an earlier reviewer that it is a shame that there are no doodles based on the nativity story itself which seems to have been overlooked in this collection and I've deducted a star for this reason.
This does cost more than a colouring book, but it would make a great present to give to a child who enjoys drawing over the age of about 5, once they are past the scribbling stage. My 6 and 7 year olds think it is great, and if you get this, and a packet of crayons, I suspect you'll find yourself with a quiet and contented child come Christmas morning. Oh, and it is quite good fun for adults too!
We spent a rainy Sunday with some colouring pens and got in the Xmas mood.
This is ideal I would say for a 6 to 8 year old but both of them really enjoyed it.
Note that this isn't wipe clean so once you have 'doodled' then the fun is up but there are loads of pages and for the money this is well worth it.
Strongly recommended, nicely made, good price and a great product.
Go for it!
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When I first received it, I was a little underwhelmed, and thought that it would end up a stocking filler for my nephew.Read more