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Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs Kindle Edition

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Gr 3–6—Infused with humor and dino facts, this guide takes kids through the steps that will turn lines and circles into terrifying (or adorable) creatures. After a quick introduction and list of supplies, Silvani provides a brief anatomy lesson and explains how to reduce bones to simple lines and shapes that form the structure that can be used as the basis to a drawing. The four main types of dinosaurs that Silvani offers are theropods, sauropods, armored dinosaurs, and ornithopods. What sets this title apart from other drawing books is the wealth of information the author imparts when describing how to draw each dinosaur. For example, Silvani instructs kids interested in drawing an apatosaurus to draw a small mouth because the mouth was only used for gathering food; chewing took place elsewhere. He also includes a section on the dinosaurs' environment and information on other prehistoric creatures. Although this book includes a lot of factual material, Silvani urges readers to use their imaginations, too. Hand this to kids who are ready to take their passion for drawing and dinosaurs—or both—to the next level.—Rachael Myers-Ricker, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY


Draw-a-Saurus was a wonderful surprise. Not only does it provide solid instructions on the basics of drawing these magnificent terrible lizards, but it also includes great facts about them and a great deal of humor that both parents and children can enjoy. Recommended. A+”
—Josh Begley, The Fandom Post

“While it's goal is to teach you how to draw a 'saurus (see how that works?), you can still enjoy it if you're a complete artistic luddite. I know this because I loved it and I can't even draw a decent cube. Silvani combines real drawing instruction with adorable and hilarious editorial commentary (the "editor" notes are amazing) which makes this book work as both a teaching manual and source of entertainment.”
—Geek Girl Diva

“With delightful touches of humor throughout the book, James Silvani shows readers how they, with a little knowledge and some practice, can create their own dinosaur drawings. It is clear that he does not take himself too seriously and that he absolutely loves dinosaurs, which makes him easy to connect with and wonderfully entertaining.”
—Marya Jansen-Gruber, Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 79316 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (September 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1IQW5O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Silvani is an illustrator and author living in Hawaii. He is best known for his work with Disney comics and children's books as well as fine art for Disney and Lucasfilm. James is also the creator of the book Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need To Know To Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on October 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My Review 5 Fun Stars
If you love dinosaurs, or art then this book is for you! It give step by step instructions on how to not only draw dinosaurs in their natural form but, also in some really cool and cute ways as well. (as seen on the cover)

It gives you a great Getting Started section that lists what you need to well get started. Its a great book for those who wish to learn an easy step by step, how to draw.

With jokes and more along the way you are sure to have some fun while learning to draw.

Go Into This One Knowing
Fun and Creative.
"All opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aimless Moments on September 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Draw-A-Saurus #review

Are your kids into dinosaurs? I have 2 boys that are. They are fascinated by them. The size, the sounds, the fossils. We recently went out to Dinosaur World and it was awesome so when I found this book I knew I had to have it! This book contains everything your kids will need to know to draw their favorite dinosaurs. The colors are bright and the drawings and instructions are clear and easy to understand.
Must have for dinosaur fans!

150 pages of dinosaurs!

About the book (from Random House):
This in-depth yet accessible dinosaur drawing guide combines humor, creativity, and the latest dino research to show artists young and old how to breathe life into drawings of their prehistoric favorites.

Prehistoric Pencil Power!Even though they lived some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles continue to rule today. From movies to comics and cartoons, these ancient, giant beasts are everywhere you turn. Of course, who wants to just read about or watch these dinos when you can learn how to use pencils, pens, markers, and more to draw your very own? Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus, Draw-a-Saurus has everything the dinosaur fan could ever ask for (outside of their very own pet dino!).

Comes out September 9 and you can Pre-Order your at Random House and Amazon.
You can learn more about the author, James Silvani, over on Random House and on his Tumblr.

Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books. However, any opinions and thoughts are honest and my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel D. on September 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was excited when I got the opportunity to review this book. In my daughters and son's school, the second grade class spends the year doing projects and research on dinosaurs. Since Rebecca is in 2nd grade this year and she loves art, I thought this would be the perfect book for her. Before it arrived, Rebecca was assigned the pterodactyl as her dinosaur for the year. When Draw-A-Saurus arrived, I surprised her with it and she immediately got paper and set out to draw some dinosaurs. She LOVED the book.

I loved that the dinosaurs are shown step by step and there are a wide variety of dinosaurs shown in the book. I love that Mr. Silvani includes useful facts about the dinosaurs that both children and adults can find interesting. Among the chapters, Silvani shows how to draw theropods including the T-rex, sauropods including the apatosaurus, armored dinosaurs including the triceratops, ornithopods including the iguanodon, and other prehistoric creatures including flying reptiles. I love that Mr. Silvani shows how to draw them realistically, but also encourages the kids or whomever is drawing them to make the pictures their own even if they are not then realistic.

Rebecca has spent hours drawing dinosaurs since we received this book. It is definitely a keeper in our house and a must have for anyone who likes dinos!
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Back in the day, I used to be somewhat of an artist. I loved to draw. I drew all the time.. took as many art classes and courses as I could. Then, I became an adult. Work and responsibilities made me put my art on the back-burner. Aside from random, boring doodles, I don't think that I've drawn in the better part of a decade. Then, I found out I was pregnant. Pregnancy sucked but, when I had time to myself, I always daydreamed about showing my son all of the things that I love.

My son isn't too old (he'll be two next month), but he's already very artsy and loves doing fun activities with his mom throughout the day. One of the things that we love to do together is draw - well, doodle. But having a child so willing to learn has inspired me to push myself and make time for those creative outlets and education that I loved so much when I was younger. Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need To Know To Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs was actually on my radar and on my wishlist for some time. Having the opportunity to review it was just a fun little surprise that I'm grateful for.

No matter if you're a child or adult, beginner or expert, everyone can have fun reading and following the instructions of this book. Before you get into drawing, you can read the first chapter, titled "Getting Started" which gives you details of items you need and tips to help you with your dinosaurs. The chapters that follow are categorized into dinosaur suborders like Theropods, Sauropods, Armoured, etc etc; and this is followed with chapters that covers topics like fine tuning your drawings and environments these dinosaurs lived in.
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