Let’s Draw Fun Animals: In 7 Simple Steps

HarperCollins. Jul. 2022. 48p. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780063076976.
Gr 2-4–Here’s an entertaining way for youngsters to practice their artistic skills. Eight chapters demonstrate drawing a wide variety of animals. With an informal, humorous tone, Frost takes children through seven steps to replicate 92 simple, but recognizable, animals. An empty square is offered at the end of each of the seven horizontal steps, allowing kids to produce their drawing directly in the book—and here’s where librarians and educators may want to provide blank sheets of paper. Every animal begins with a basic shape—oval, circle, rectangle—and each of the seven steps adds one element to the drawing: beak, nose, ears, wing, etc. Pages include a “Fun Fact” or a “Drawing Tip,” such as “The letter T is a perfect nose for lambs, llamas, and goats.” Some pages offer readers more chances to add drawings and decorate specified items: embellishing several umbrellas, drawing a farm comic, or adding various birds to the branches of a tree. Except for the brightly colored front and back covers, the book is in black and white.
VERDICT This title is not suitable for libraries due to its “fill in the blank” aspect, but it is a fun method for young children, or anyone else interested in learning the basics, to produce drawings of identifiable animals.

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