Book Review: Figure Drawing for kids by Angela Rizza

Draw inspiration from everywhere and everyone—a beginner’s guide to drawing people for kids.

Grab a pencil and an eraser—it’s time to explore the world around you and illustrate the people in it! Featuring a simple, step-by-step format for budding artists, Figure Drawing for Kids is a great way to start sketching friends and family, pop culture icons, and epic superheroes—one easy-to-draw exercise at a time.

Along the way, you’ll learn helpful terms and essential drawing concepts like proportion, negative space, point of view, composition, crosshatch, and more. Figure Drawing for Kids is an action-packed activity book that will surprise and delight kids at all skill levels. Drawing for kids has never been so awesome!

All you need to know is in this drawing for kids’ guide:

  • Practice makes perfect—From sketching basic shapes and shading to advanced skills like perspective drawing, you’ll master 13 figure-drawing activities at your own pace.
  • Draw diversity—Get inspired by a wide range of human sizes, shapes, skin tones, and abilities.
  • Photo fun—Discover how to draw from a photograph, how to set up a model station, and even how to draw the world around you!

Dive in and let the doodling fun begin with this great beginner’s guide to drawing people for kids.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Although it says that this book is for ages 9-12, I think that teens and adults would benefit more unless the 9-12-year-old has some artistic talent. I have no artistic talent, and I practiced on the first activity for quite a while. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m going to learn how to draw a person no matter how long it takes!

Not only does Figure Drawing for kids teach how to draw people, but it goes into the details of how to show movement, make a scene, draw faces and much more. Shading is discussed also. It has always fascinated me how an artist knows how to use shading to make an illustration look completely different.

I recommend Figure Drawing for Kids for anyone of any age who wants to learn more about drawing people.

About the Author

Angela Rizza graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2011 and since, has been creating artwork in Mahopac, NY. Her work is inspired greatly by the wildlife around her home, and her favorite stories she read growing up. When working on children’s books, she creates images that appeal to her inner child, drawings with lots of details, color, and quality that captures the attention of the viewer. The intricate work is hand-drawn in ink and color is applied digitally, and she is greatly influenced by classical storybook illustrators and her favorite plants and animals.

Book Review: The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie by Krista Brock

The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie is a bedtime story that follows the main character, Calvin, on an adventure into the night with his favorite stuffed animal, Ollie, the owl. They play hide and seek, climb trees, count stars, and have a couple encounters with other animals in the night forest.The story has been written, but the illustrations are incomplete. Young readers are presented with a backdrop for their own visual imagination. They get to draw Calvin and Ollie (and other nocturnal critters) themselves. 

The hope is that children will enjoy the experience of engaging in the story and having their own keepsake book for which they were the illustrator. In addition to enjoying the experience, drawing is known to support reading comprehension by pushing children to visualize what they are reading and understand it more fully. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a cute story about Calvin and his owl friend, Ollie. Calvin isn’t ready to go to sleep so they go exploring outside all night. When the sun starts to come up, it’s time for Ollie to go to sleep but now he’s not ready!

The unique thing about The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie is that each page has an illustrated background, and the reader can add any illustrations from more background to Calvin and Ollie. What a fun way to encourage creativity in children!

About the Author

Krista Brock has 11 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, six and a half years of experience as a mother, and nearly a lifetime of experience dabbling in the arts. She has Bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and art and has served as managing editor of two magazines and as a contributing writer to many more. She recently decided to combine all her experiences to create a new kind of picture book for creative children, one that allows children to enjoy the journey of reading with the joy of creating. Her debut picture book, The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie is an illustrate-it-yourself adventure. 

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Book Review: Wonder Walk by Ilham Alam

Get out there with the curious Johnny and his patient Mommy, in this colourful, rhyming book, celebrating all the wonders of the everyday world. What do they see? What do they hear? What do they talk about?

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My Review

I chose to read this picture book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Johnny and his mommy go on a walk and see many things that we see every day. He’s wide-eyed with excitement and full of questions that Mommy is happy to answer.

Young children will enjoy the rhyming verse and the vibrant colors of Wonder Walk. It’s a short, cute, and colorful book to read to youngsters.

This example is one of my favorite pages:

About the Author

ILHAM ALAM was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in 1986 to expatriate parents. She lived there until 1997 when she alongside her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. It was in Canada, while attending elementary school, that she was recognized for crafting simple themes and weaving words into engaging stories, which she has continued to do ever since.

At the University of Toronto, Ilham followed her love of stories by pursuing a degree in English Literature. She also wrote for Canada’s largest student newspaper, The Varsity, at this time.

Wonder Walk is Ilham’s first published book. Her short story also appears in Just Words Volume II and the Canadian Literary Arts Magazine, Blank Spaces. She lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a 20lb cat named Beauty.

Ilham believes that in order to be a writer, one needs to be a voracious reader and experience diverse genres and styles of writing, as well.

You can follow Ilham on the following platforms:

INSTAGRAM: @storymummy86
TWITTER: @IlhamAl50397575

Book Review: The Dream of the Tortoise by Nyako Nakar

Title: The Dream of the Tortoise

Author: Nyako Nakar

Release Date: 30th April 2019

Genre: Picture Book

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45360211-the-dream-of-the-tortoise

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Tortoise-Nyako-Nakar-ebook/dp/B07QP2GB4C

 

Summary:

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Dream of the Tortoise is about a tortoise who has always dreamed of swimming in the ocean. With the help of a glow-worm, she makes it to the ocean but when she tries to swim, she sinks to the bottom and almost dies. Fortunately, there are a couple of turtles who save her. 

She talks to a wise old tortoise who tells her what she needs to do, but no matter how much she tries, she fails and almost dies. Finally, she figures out how to swim and spends the rest of her night living her dream.

The Dream of the Tortoise is a cute story with nice illustrations. Not only is it cute but it teaches children to reach for their dreams.

 

 

 

About the Author

When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class.

I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories.

Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company.

In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes.

I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity.

Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future.

Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.

 

Website: http://www.nyakonakar.com/start.html

 

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Those Who Seek God by Niki Milburn

 

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Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – Values & Virtues
Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – Animals /Juvenile Fiction : Religious – Christian – General
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Date Published: April 11 2019
Publisher: Lucid Books
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God Wants to Be Found! In ‘Those Who Seek God’, little readers will enjoy a sweet story about young animals wanting to learn more about God. Through Bible verses and conversations with loved ones, these characters discover that seeking God is simple. He wants to be found! Curious littles and big kiddos too, snuggle in close as you listen to how the swan, otter, kitten, caterpillar, and others learn more about God and what it means to seek Him.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

 

Those Who Seek God is a wonderful way to introduce children to God. On each set of two pages, a young animal asks a relative or friend about God and each person gives a different answer along with a verse from the Bible. In simple language it explains that God is powerful, He’s there for us, and He loves us.

 

The illustrations of the different animals such as caterpillars, owls, and cats. They’re cute and colorful and will keep the attention of children.

 

Those Who Seek God is definitely a book worth sharing with the children in your life.
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Niki Milburn is a proud homeschooling mama, with a degree in elementary education. She loves Jesus, coffee, adventure, hiking with her family, and picture books! Niki grew up in Greencastle, Indiana but currently lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her high school sweetheart Nate, their two boys—Miles and Maguire, an English Bulldog, and a rescue pup. You can connect with Niki on Instagram (@nikimilburnatl).
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Book Review: Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes

 

 

 

Title: DREWSILLA THE SHELTER PUPPY 
Author: Karen Carew Oakes 
Publisher: Archway Publishing 
Pages: 22 
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
 

BOOK BLURB: 

When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up. 

 Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens. 

The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla — how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life. 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. 

Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy is a sweet children’s book about a puppy who hides in the back of her cage in a shelter because she’s so scared. But when the Johnsons come to the shelter, she begs for their attention and they fall in love with her. Drewsilla can’t wait to go home with them!

This book is very short and could be a little longer. It is a sweet story though and it has colorful illustrations that should keep the attention of children. Parents beware: I can see a child wanting to adopt a puppy after reading this book.

 

 

 

Book Excerpt: 

Then one day, the Johnsons came to the shelter. They had looked on the shelter website for available dogs they wanted to see.  Drewsilla, was not one of them. It just so happened that they would have to pass directly in front of Drewsilla’s cage. As they passed something amazing happened. Drewsilla came to the front, stood on her hind legs, poked her nose out of the bars, and begged for attention. Mrs. Johnson bent over to see her. It was love at first sight. The Johnsons asked to open the cage so they could see her. 

 

 

 

About the Author 

Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up. 

Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/karencarewoakes.