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ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING by James Sturm

ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING

How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics

By James Sturm (Author) , Andrew Arnold (Author) , Alexis Frederick-Frost (Author) , James Sturm (Illustrator) , Andrew Arnold (Illustrator)

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59643-369-4
Publisher: First Second/Roaring Brook

An insightful and enjoyable way for kids to learn about cartooning, presented in a vibrant graphic format. In fairy-tale fashion, the Magic Cartooning Elf helps a young princess with writer’s block produce her first comic. A story-within-a-story emerges, and the princess creates a deceptively silly tale of a knight, a dragon, a whale and a horse that loves candy. Along the way, the Elf drops informative hints to the reader about the structure of the story, introducing basic elements of cartooning and rudimentary techniques. Though seemingly simplistic, this multilayered composition is an excellent teaching tool to whet the appetites of aspiring young doodlers and even offers a pleasant twist in an otherwise apparently straightforward plot. Against the abundance of vanilla graphic nonfiction for kids on the market, this is unexpectedly lively. Simple cartooning basics offered after the story are quite appealing; even the most reluctant artist may be inspired to pick up a pencil and give it a shot. Entertaining and surprisingly edifying. (Graphic nonfiction. 9-12)