Thursday, September 11, 2014
This Book Room: Draw-a-Saurus
Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus, Draw-a-Saurus has everything the dinosaur fan could ever ask for (outside of their very own pet dino!).
My thoughts: Oh.my.heavens. this is quite a book. I was beyond excited to get this book for later use with my Bug, but until I received it, I never imagined how in-depth this book would be. I would highly recommend this for older children, rather than younger. Depending on their skill and attention level, my estimate is that for most kids, this would be appropriate for 8 years and up.
If your children is into art, I would suggest starting them off at a young age with a simple drawing book to get them acclimated with basic art skills. That would make following this book easier, though, you can just start art at age 8 (but I think that would be a grave disservice to your kids to wait that long to introduce them to art).
Dinosaurs are generally thought of to be a "boy" thing, and I also find that to be a disservice to all of humankind. I think dinos are pretty stinking cool, and the dinosaur-themed books out today for kids are awesome. If you're home-schooling or planning some lessons at home for your traditionally schooled child, you could spend an entire week or more on just dinosaur-themed activities and lessons; this book would be a fantastic addition to your lesson plan. Not only does it incorporate art, but it also incorporates reading, handwriting and spelling.
No doubt about it - I will be hanging onto this book until Bug is a bit older, and we will definitely be doing a lesson plan around dinosaurs. In the meantime, I may try my hand at drawing these awesome dinos!
Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.