Readers will be prancing for their art supplies.


From the 8 Ways to Draw series

A guided journey through eight Indian illustration styles via portrayals of deer.

With the help of eight Indian artists, graphic designer Parker concisely introduces art foundations throughout the book. Beginning in the flaps, the book leads readers through the conceptualization of an illustration from a photograph through realistic representation to a reimagination of the animal, all without losing the deer’s main features. The book’s large trim allows generous canvas space and encourages readers to depart from the simple yet effective instructions and experiment in the negative space. Art concepts are transmitted alongside facts about deer. For example, to show how “deer can run at speeds of up to 70 kilometers an hour” when escaping a predator, the illustrations portray deer in a style reminiscent of cave paintings, with outstretched legs rushing forward. The question “How has the artist shown us that these deer are running fast?” prompts readers to consider the direction of the lines, the deer’s heads, and the animals’ positions throughout the page as elements that contribute to the transmission of the idea of movement. Readers are also given the opportunity to increase their artistic talents. Exercises such as tracing outlines, coloring, and creating patterns build budding artists’ skills. As the book progresses, the instructions grow less constraining, encouraging the reader to “let [their] imagination loose.” Further information on the various artists and styles is presented on the back jacket flap.

Readers will be prancing for their art supplies. (Activity book. 4-9)

Pub Date: May 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-81-934485-0-2

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Tara Publishing

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2019

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...


With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way.


A young boy sees things a little differently than others.

Noah can see patterns in the dust when it sparkles in the sunlight. And if he puts his nose to the ground, he can smell the “green tang of the ants in the grass.” His most favorite thing of all, however, is to read. Noah has endless curiosity about how and why things work. Books open the door to those answers. But there is one question the books do not explain. When the wind comes whistling by, where does it go? Noah decides to find out. In a chase that has a slight element of danger—wind, after all, is unpredictable—Noah runs down streets, across bridges, near a highway, until the wind lifts him off his feet. Cowman’s gusty wisps show each stream of air turning a different jewel tone, swirling all around. The ribbons gently bring Noah home, setting him down under the same thinking tree where he began. Did it really happen? Worthington’s sensitive exploration leaves readers with their own set of questions and perhaps gratitude for all types of perspective. An author’s note mentions children on the autism spectrum but widens to include all who feel a little different.

An invitation to wonder, imagine and look at everything (humans included) in a new way. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 14, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-60554-356-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Redleaf Lane

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2015

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