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I Can Draw Goblins

. 9781538322505. ea vol: 32p. (I Can Draw!: Mythical Creatures). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. PowerKids. Jan. 2018. lib. ed. $27.50.
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Gr 3–6—Fans of not-too-scary chapter books featuring mermaids, unicorns, and kooky supernatural families can learn to draw their favorite characters. Thirteen pages of general drawing instructions (repeated with little variation in each book) teach materials, styles, and coloring prior to putting pencil to paper. Each of the nine silly, frightening, pretty, or grotesque drawings is constructed from geometric shapes in seven steps. Early instructions progress easily, though later ones often make that big leap from "draw a bunch of ovals" to "now draw the details." Sea Monsters is the standout here for its notable look at creatures from folklore traditions around the world.
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