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Comics : easy as ABC! : the essential guide to comics for kids : for kids, parents, teachers and librarians!
2019
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This guide to comics for kids is an essential tool for all those who enjoy comics. Simple cartooning basics are outlined with easy examples to follow. kids, parents, teachers, and librarians will love the humorous step-by-step lessons by master cartoonist and teacher Ivan Brunetti. Even reluctant artists will be inspired to pick up a pen and give it a try.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 1--5--This volume distills every major lesson a young doodler, comic book reader, or graphic novel enthusiast would ever need. Brunetti starts slow with a simple adage to "doodle!" and then moves at a quick clip with a new lesson on each page. The inclusion of complex topics such as perspective, scale, and movement emphasizes how rich and nuanced the medium is. The lessons become more challenging, inspiring readers to return to the book as their skills progress. Brunetti maintains a jovial tone that will encourage children to pause or skip around as the mood strikes. Artwork and words of wisdom from illustrators such as Jeff Smith ("Bone"), Elise Gravel ("Disgusting Critters"), Neil Gaiman ("Sandman"), and James Sturm ("Adventures in Cartooning") are interspersed throughout. The "How To Read Comics with Kids" tips may not be groundbreaking to storytime experts but will be invaluable to parents, especially those of the mind-set that a graphic novel isn't a real book. The further reading and bibliography list other comics or illustration manuals and acknowledge the breadth of work by other greats who paved the way for the comics field. VERDICT Drawing guides have never been so appealing. A must.--Amy M. Laughlin, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Booklist Review
TOON Books condenses the vast experience, talent, and child-friendly energy on display in its graphic novels into this comic-creation intensive. Comprehensive in its comics theory but pitched to its readership of young would-be cartoonists, this slim volume offers a new lesson on almost every page. This design allows kids to follow it step-by-step and evolve their skills (with lots of practice), or to jump around to the examples that most pique their interest. Exercises always put a premium on imaginative fun, by, for example, using the natural formation of letters and numbers to create interesting characters. While the book is conceptually ambitious, it doesn't skimp on the details and small devices for younger characters, draw the eyes lower on the face; distinguish characters with interesting props highlighting that it's the small things that bring individual style forward and make a comic tight and clear. There are quotes and tips from such comics luminaries as Roz Chast and Neil Gaiman, but Brunetti, with his crystalline design sense (think Chris Ware for kids), was the perfect choice to spearhead this project. Lest grown-ups feel left out, there's a short section for adults and educators about integrating comics into a child's literacy development. Includes an excellent list of resources for kids and adults, and, incidentally, copious references to TOON's own catalog of books and creators.--Jesse Karp Copyright 2019 Booklist
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