Monday, February 15, 2016

Doodletopia Cartoons

One of my favorite pastimes is to doodle.  I'm not the most artistic person in the world so I am always looking for books that teach new techniques.  I've never tried my hand at drawing cartoon characters so I thought I would give it a try with Doodletopia Cartoons by Christopher Hart.

In Doodletopia Cartoons you are able to draw, design and color your own super-fun cartoon creations right in the book.  My own preference however was to use a sketchbook.  I have this thing about righting in books even if they are designed for that purpose.  This book makes it very simple to learn to draw many cartoon images.  There are 158 pages and a large variety of images.

Although this is a fun interactive book, there were some things that I did not care for.  First of all, a lot of the images are designed to fill in the details of an already drawn cartoon character.  Even though this can be enjoyable, I would of preferred step by step directions on how to draw the complete character myself and not just fill in the details.  Secondly, the book seems to be geared toward young children.  I do think that children of all ages would enjoy the drawings in this book, but, as a parent, what concerned me was the narrative.  For each cartoon drawing there is a short little story along with tips and instructions on how to finish the drawing.  Many of the stories are, in my opinion, not appropriate for young children.  The author tries to be funny, but in reality he is making jokes that I would not want my young child reading.  For instance, there is a page with a groom and a bride and the story is about the man dreading his wedding day and wanting to find a way out of it, and how he forgot to sing the prenup.  There is a page with a gorilla and a man and the story has suggests man and gorilla being relatives.  OMG is also used which is unacceptable in our household.

If it wasn't for the narrative in this book I would of given this book a higher rating.  The cartoons are fun, but I would of rather the directions and stories go a different route.

***Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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