Search Results: "Ed Emberley"


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ED EMBERLEY'S DRAWING BOOK by Ed Emberley
Released: March 16, 1972

"Emberley invites junior cartoonists to take off on their own from the basics he supplies, and he makes it seem so easy and enjoyable that they're bound to go on to more creative doodling."
Ed Emberley's smart and simple Animal Drawing Book (1970) was a disarmingly contemporary example of the popular if not quite respectable add-a-line drawing lesson. Read full book review >

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ED EMBERLEY'S ABC by Ed Emberley
Released: April 20, 1978

"A sky-writing ant traces out an A; a ladybug arranges blueberries in a B formation; a jauntily dressed crow gradually eats a C-shaped path through a field of corn kernels; and at a construction site a dog truckdriver scoops out dirt to form a D-shaped trench. All of this is ingenious fun but, busy as it is, probably not the best way to learn to make letters. Still, overburdened and underresolved as many of the conceits turn out, they should find an appreciative audience. . . somewhere."
"This book can help you get ready to print your letters," promises the jacket flap, and it's true that you do see the letters in the process of formation. Read full book review >

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ED EMBERLEY'S CRAZY MIXED-UP FACE GAME by Ed Emberley
Released: March 1, 1981

"Of course kids can and have played similar games without such lockstep instructions; and though some of Emberley's step-by-step drawing books have worked like sparks, this one will only stifle whatever spontaneous hilarity the pastime might ordinarily allow."
You've probably seen those split-page picture books that invite kids to line up unmatching tops and bottoms to create unheard-of creatures, faces, landscapes, or whatever. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 1980

"Like the green book, it's second-class Emberley, but good for some doodling diversion—and this one can help to satisfy some of that Halloween fever."
Like Emberley's Big Green Drawing Book (p. 129, J-37), this starts with a basic shape—a potato in the previous book, here a carrot that can become a clown, mouse, bird, bee, or rocket—but then settles into a series of step-by-step drawings. Read full book review >

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ED EMBERLEY'S BIG PURPLE DRAWING BOOK by Ed Emberley
Released: Sept. 24, 1981

"Pandas, poodles, and a few more animals made with circles complete this latest, unexceptional installment in Emberley's seemingly endless series."
Emberley starts this off with some water play—a "Nessie" family, alligators looking up out of the water, a person (a pair of upside-down legs) diving into the water, and so on—and, as step-by-step drawing books go, the sequences are jaunty and clever. Read full book review >

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ED EMBERLEY'S BIG GREEN DRAWING BOOK by Ed Emberley
Released: Oct. 1, 1980

"Complete with Dracula, a three-masted schooner, and the resident fauna of planet Zort, this seems to be a catchall for Emberley's odds and ends—not as basic and nifty as some of his drawing books, though ingenious enough to amuse."
Paired, overlapping circles form the basis of the "prata" people and animals that open Emberley's latest batch of step-by-step drawing demonstrations. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1979

"To be sure."
A neat trick of a nonbook—which might serve incidentally as an early reading lure. Read full book review >

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ED EMBERLEY'S DRAWING BOOK OF FACES by Ed Emberley
Released: April 24, 1975

"However, if this results in just a fraction of the creative doodling that the previous books inspired (even though it won't appeal to as wide an age range), it's worth the purchase."
Emberley's step-by-step cartoons of human and animal faces are far less varied and versatile than his Make a World (KR, 1972) and Animal (1970) drawing books. Read full book review >

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WHERE’S MY SWEETIE PIE? by Ed Emberley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Unfortunately, the flaps, while easy for clumsy little fingers to manipulate, are also on the flimsy side—chances are good they'll wear out all too soon. (Board book. 1-3)"
The titular question encourages readers to lift flaps in search of the sweetie pie in question. Read full book review >

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THE WING ON A FLEA by Ed Emberley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The idea's not as innovative as it once was, but young children will still pore over this bright, busy consciousness-raiser, then look up to see their world with new eyes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)"
Using intensified colors against solid black backgrounds, Emberley has really pumped up the visuals in this reissue of his 1961 debut. Read full book review >

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BYE-BYE, BIG BAD BULLYBUG! by Ed Emberley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The building of suspense should appeal to very young listeners, who also might be attracted to the accessibility of the minimal text and who will welcome a new Monster to the neighborhood. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a return to the concept that produced the brilliant Go Away Big Green Monster (1993), Emberley offers a new character to stand up to. Read full book review >

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NIGHTY NIGHT, LITTLE GREEN MONSTER by Ed Emberley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Does the original monster need tweaking? Maybe not, but it's nice to see him have a little companionship. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A baby sibling for a modern childhood classic. Read full book review >