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Adventures in Cartooning Activity Book Paperback – August 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; 1 Csm edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435988
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 10 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
The magic cartooning elf is back—along with the Knight, Edward the hungry horse, and a whole new cast of charming characters! And this time, readers can join in the fun—right IN the book!

An ALA Notable Children’s Book, Adventures in Cartooning was called the “best book of the year” in a starred review in Booklist and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Building on the basic lessons presented in Adventures in Cartooning, this activity book leads kids through a story that they help tell by doodling and completing comics activities. And at the end, readers are invited to make their own comic book story!

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The superlative Adventures in Cartooning (2009) was a first-rate adventure story and clever comics primer for young readers. This follow-up offers a hands-on approach to creating sequential narrative that kids interested in the form will not be able to resist. Slimmer and lighter on story, the narrative of a knight and his friendly elf questing for fun in the middle of a rainstorm is seamlessly woven into various activities meant to sharpen children's understanding of and skill with the rudiments of sequential art. All the crucial bases are covered: illustrating expressions, characters, objects, and actions; using codes (like speed lines), perspective, dialogue, and sound effects; and panel sequencing and efficiency. All this culminates in a mapped-out array of blank panels for producing an entire story. Nothing else quite like this take on understanding and making comics exists, and few things in the future are likely to capture its charm, though there is certainly an issue with its built-in, print-specific limitations: be ready to xerox all the activity pages, or this will be a one-use activity book. Grades 2-5. --Jesse Karp

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on September 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: I really enjoyed the first book which was shortlisted for a Cybil last year and was excited to see this follow-up.

All the characters from Adventures in Cartooning return in this sequel Activity Book. The book has a complete story beginning to end but on most (though not all) right-hand pages the reader is asked to draw the illustration. Instructions are given as to what to draw, though it is often open ended for the child to still use there own imagination. (ie. fill this fridge with food, change these cookies into faces). Often these illustrations are part of the story. Other times the reader's assignment is a time-out to learn a cartooning skill such as motion lines, puffs of dirt, sound effects, birds or stars over the head, etc. At these times examples are given along the bottom edge of the page to give the child an idea as to what to draw which they can follow if they choose. All very entertaining to the aspiring artist (young or old!)

The story itself is a lot of fun. It begins with the moon and sun greeting each other as day begins but the moon makes the sun cry. The knight and Edward, his horse, are now stuck in the castle because it is raining outside (or so they think) and are very bored and want excitement. So they explore the castle and find a few creatures living there they'd never met before such as the cookie monster and a giant. But finally they get the idea to go to the tall tower at the other end of the castle and perhaps they can find out why it's raining. A wonderful, humorous story! Readers of the first book will be thrilled with this book but having read the first book is not necessary to enjoying the Activity Book as they can be read in any order. Highly recommended to those with an artistic interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on January 2, 2013
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My nephew has been eying this book for some time. We gave it to him for Christmas and he totally loved it. I guess he would be better to write the review. He is 7 years old and loves to read and draw.
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By CJCregg on June 5, 2013
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what a great price. fabulous to use with students, children, or any other comic / cartooning enthusiast. really pleased with this product.
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By C. Meyers on March 1, 2013
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My kids love drawing and have the Adventures in Cartooning Book and Christmas Book...they enjoyed the activity book as well.
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