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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Draw
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Peel Productions (September 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939217287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939217281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8AStep-by-step drawing lessons for over 80 insects and other creepy crawlies such as millipedes, ticks, and spiders are featured in this carefully constructed drawing book. All of the examples are done in pencil. A discussion of materials needed is included in the preface. Readers are invited to observe the drawings before starting and are given specific written instructions. Basic information such as the order and family of each creature and where it may be found is provided. This additional material makes this book more useful for both observations of insects and for report writing than other titles currently available. It's more complete than Lee J. Ames's Draw 50 Creepy Crawlies (Doubleday, 1992) and more inclusive than Christine Smith's How to Draw Insects (G. Stevens, 1997).AKathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is a fun way to spend you free time.
Debra
It does a good job of showing you how a bug should look and maybe by carefully looking at how to draw one, you will somehow gain respect for our strange creatures.
ReddStealth
Easy to follow and has fun little facts next to each insect you are learning to draw.
Unicorn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is by far one of my favorite "children's" drawing books. I say children, but trust me, adults will find it just as useful and just as enchanting. The author, Doug DuBosque gives us step by step instructions on how to draw a wide range of insect critters. These drawings are in black and white (I find using a simple #2 pencil the best, along with some nice grade drawing paper) and are quite detailed. Now the word detailed may sound intimidating, but it actually is not at all once you get started. His lines and instructions are so simple that the very young can follow them with very little outside help. I photograph these little creatures and find, in my spare time, that is is quite gratifying to be able to draw what I photograph...it is sort of a hobby with me, one that I take great pleasure in. This book gives you a great start. Along with the wonderful drawings (step by step) the author offers, he also has provided a very readable and understandable text. The other books in his series are just as well done, it is just that I am particular to insects. In this small volume, the author also includes spiders, ticks, mites, centipedes and millipedes. All in all, a great little book and if you are interested in such things, a great by. As an added bonus, I have found that if you give a small kid a few pencils, a stack of scrap paper and this book, you can expect to not hear from them for a couple of hours or more, which, in my opinion, is far better than the T.V. or interrupting my naps. The kids seem to love this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
My son received a set of DRAW books as a gift when he was 8 and still uses them several times a month (he is now 12). We are fairly impressed with the results he is able to produce.

The book takes the most simplistic approach to drawing, braking the process down to three steps (basic shapes, detailing, "cleaning up"). Each image includes 4 - 10 illustrations and the corresponding instructions presented in an easy to understand format.

The "Tips" section is worth reading as well.

Highly recommended! You might also be interested in Draw Really Cool Stuff, which contains this book and 5 others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Bendy on January 7, 2014
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This book was fabulous. My younger brothers and I spent hours drawing together and at one point- the entire family was sitting around the table drawing and just enjoying each others company. Great book and great for all ages. My brothers really liked the science facts and explanations that went along with the drawings. Next time I buy a drawing book it will be one by this author for sure!!! We also bought the 3D drawing and ocean animals by this author and have enjoyed them as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen H. Holland on November 19, 2012
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My six year old son got this book for his birthday. He loves bugs. This book has kept him entertained for several afternoons, as he draws his favorite bugs. If your child is interested in nature and art, this is a great purchase
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unicorn on December 22, 2008
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If you love insects and need help learning how to draw them, this book is for you. Learn to draw lots and lots of bugs! Easy to follow and has fun little facts next to each insect you are learning to draw.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Fiedler on January 24, 2013
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This was the best drawing book for my 10 year old daughter this year. She probably drew every insect in the book before school started after Christmas break.
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More About the Author

"You can draw." I've heard that a lot, since I was a kid. "You have real talent."

I have perspective drawings I did at age 5.

Was that simply talent? No, you need more than talent. You need skills. Nobody's born with skills! You need practice. Try, and try again. And you need encouragement, so you don't start to think that you "can't" draw.

Why could I draw buildings in perspective at age 5? Because my father saw how much I loved to draw. So he showed me how to draw in perspective.

Here's some advice.

1) Draw easy stuff when you're "off." Draw difficult stuff when you're "on." The cartoon character drawing you know by heart is easy. Draw it on a rainy day to cheer you up. But if you want to get good, skip that drawing. Really LOOK at something real and then draw it. Your hand. Your foot. Your face in the mirror. Your mother. Your cat. A bicycle.

2) Don't worry about special pencils or paper. DO make sure you have good light when you draw.

3) Put your name on your drawing. And the date. And keep it. Some drawings seem to get better when they just sit for a while, even years. Why? I have no idea ;-) Don't throw them out!

4) Have fun!

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