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


         

Hugo Movie Companion

May 2nd, 2012

For the Hugo uber-fan, Scholastic has released the Hugo Movie Companion, also penned by Brian Selznick – the author of award-winning kids book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret which of course, inspired and provided the source material for the Martin Scorcese film Hugo.  This 256-page hard-cover book has everything you’d expect: behind-the-scenes photos from the filming, interviews with the actors and the director, Martin Scorsese and key members of the production team. It’s also got snippets of original scripts and story-boards and a wonderful mini-essay on the history of automatons. A worthwhile companion for those who’ve fallen in love with the story. “Hugo Movie Companion”, $21.99, Scholastic

Hugo Movie Companion

Hugo Movie Companion

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

Bart’s King Sized Book of Fun

September 7th, 2011

Kids get so excited, they don’t even realize they’re learning when they read teacher-turned author Bart King’s books. King’s newest title – Bart’s King Sized Book of Fun – is  a great addition to his series of wildly popular kids guide books to all the worthwhile things in life.

barts king sized book of fun

barts king sized book of fun

(Past books include The Big Book of Gross Stuff, The Pocket Guide to Magic and The Pocket Guide to Mischief.) Bart’s King Sized Book of Fun is stuffed to bursting with awesome activities, silly jokes, trivia and puzzles – a modern kids companion they won’t leave home without. (Gibbs Smith and Raincoast Books)

Kitchen Junk Book by Mary Randolph Carter

May 18th, 2010

I like trash as much as the next girl.

And kitchen junk, like poxy pastel Tupperware, rusted baking tins and tatty old aprons turns my crank quite a lot.

That’s why I love the book Kitchen Junk, by American junk queen Mary Randolph Carter (Penguin Group, Viking Studio, 1999). The third book in Carter’s “junk trilogy” – proceeded by American Junk and Garden Junk – shows how, in the right hands, piles of crap can be works of art. Sometimes functional ones. Just because I can’t do it, doesn’t mean I don’t believe.

Read on for an interview with the irrepressible Mary Randoph Carter and a book review.

Kitchen Junk by Mary Randolph Carter

Kitchen Junk by Mary Randolph Carter

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