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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: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,213 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.

More About the Author

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

I have 2-point 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 (you don't get practice if you don't try - and try again). And you need encouragement - otherwise you may start to believe, in a weak moment, that you "can't" draw.

The reason I could draw buildings in perspective at age 5 is that my father saw how much I loved to draw, and showed me how to draw in perspective.

Here's some advice that I hope will encourage you:

1) Draw easy stuff when you're "off." Draw difficult stuff when you're "on." The cartoon character you've drawn three gazillion times is easy - great to cheer you up on a rainy day. But if you want to get good, forget your cartoon character for a while. Really LOOK at something real and then draw it: your hand. Your foot. Your face in the mirror. Your mother. Your cat.

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

3) Put your name on your drawing, and the date, and keep it. The Great Unsolved Mystery of the World (IMHO) is why some drawings get better when they just sit around for a while - sometimes a year or more. Don't throw them out!

4) Have fun!

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It is easy to follow the steps and you can learn a great deal.
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
This book has kept him entertained for several afternoons, as he draws his favorite bugs.
Karen H. Holland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WillSkywalker on December 23, 2013
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I love the drawings and the information. I purchased this book to give to my 9 year old son for Christmas. I think he is really going to enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra on January 27, 2013
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Draw Rainforest Animals is a great book. It is easy to follow the steps and you can learn a great deal. This book is a fun way to spend you free time.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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