Star Wars Art Book for Crafty Kids

June 7th, 2013

The ingenious Star Wars Thumb Doodles book is a cartooning kit that teaches kids to turn thumbprints into Star Wars characters. The kit comes with four ink pads (attached to the side of the book) for juicy thumbprints , a black marker, and a dual-tipped pencil to add some flair.

Star Wars Thumb Doodles Book

Star Wars Thumb Doodles Book

The detailed book has step-by-step instructions on blank pages where kids can practice their technique, and some printed pages too (depicting say, an Ewok village or Jabba the Hut’s place), where they can recreate movie moments. The spiral bound book is sturdy, the thumbprinting is fun, the instructions are very, very good – allowing most kids to come out with something neatly resembling their favourite intergalactic hero (or anti-hero). It’s a good, artful introduction to drawing – and encourages kids to try different techniques and think about what features define a character’s visual identity. And it’s kind of messy, which is fun too. Klutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles, Scholastic Canada, $18.99


         

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

May 2nd, 2012

Martin Scorsese’s award-winning film Hugo enchanted audiences this winter, telling the cryptic story of a young boy searching for a message from his dead-father, as he tries to survive and indeed find his place in the world…. his world being a complex labyrinth inside the walls of a Parisian train station! The marvellous film was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray, but fans who haven’t done so should check into the source-material. Before it was a jaw-dropping film, Hugo was a ground-breaking kids’ novel by Brian Selznick. Selznick’s book shook up the kids’ publishing world with his attention to detail and his unique story-telling style, letting entire passages – scenes, really – roll out page-by-page in hand-drawn illustrations. A wonderful choice for school-aged readers and a must-read for fans of the film. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” $27.50, Scholastic

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret