We try not to shower junk upon our children. Despite their pleas for stuff we typically say NO. Nevertheless, I have two big weaknesses when it comes to the kiddos: books and art supplies. I guess you have noticed I am addicted to books and I love art. I want to grow thinking children who read endlessly and in their spare time create delightful, outside-the-box works of art. (Oh, and I would like for them to care for nature and to be compassionate champions for the less fortunate. But for today I’ll attempt to stick to the lighter topic of books and art.)
So . . . when I find a book that integrates art . . . well . . . I’m in L-O-V-E!!! I have two new favorite loves.
The first is The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet
The second is Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet is unlike any other coloring book I’ve experienced. I like it much more than those doodle books I’ve seen. I would describe The Coloring Book as the “thinking person’s” coloring book. It challenges children to think about and experiment with colors, shapes and design.
This is a hard review because I want to show you every single page. There is such variety and inspiration.
Early in the book a line of doodles spill over the pages, inviting children to . . .
- Follow the loops . . .
- Or color them in.
Later on in the book, budding artists are directed to
- Color some squares . . .
- Draw new lines between the lines . . .
- Now do the same to design the sofa, the rug and the picture.
Then there are these simple directions
- Color what you see . . .
- And again!
I have not one, but two of these books tucked away as Easter Basket Stuffers! Don’t walk, RUN and snatch yourself a couple copies of The Coloring Book for the kiddos in your life! (To tell you the truth, I want one for myself!) Throw in a set of good colored pencils or watercolor paints and you are set for Easter.
Now meet the new love of my life: Dog! Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates is the new favorite book in our home. And that is really saying something because we read a ton of books. The first time we snuggled-up to read this charming book the kiddos oohed and aahed, giggled and cheered. We ended with, “That was a good book! Can we read it again!” Miss Enigma has carried around this book (including sleeping with it) for two weeks solid.
Dog’s Aunt Dora sends him a sketchbook and “Dog knew exactly what to do. . . .” He drew a door and then a stickman. Next, they DOODLE together because that’s the best way to come up with good ideas.You know I’ve got to love a book that doodles.
Look at Dog and stickman holding hands. Are you in love yet?
They quickly color-up some new friends and soon they are spilling onto the next page. They drift in and out of pages and through colors of adventure.
Before long dog has to dash out to buy some more paper.
Never fear we will be visiting Dog again. There’s absolutely no way I can read an inspiring book such as this without getting some creative ideas of my own.
Life with Jeannine
Both The Coloring Book and Dog Loves Drawing tie in nicely with our