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Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World
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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 11, 2002
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This is a great book for first time drawers, or doodlers of any age. I use this to conduct art classes in cub scouts. I always enjoyed making very tiny drawings in the borders of my notebooks at school, and later as an adult I find myself still doodling during meetings. This book is for those of us who love to doodle. It shows you how to make the coolest little drawings of everything! There are hundreds of people, buildings, vehicles, boats, and animals to draw. And for learning how to draw, there is no better place to start than Ed Emberly! In addition to this book he has the best series of books for learning to draw called "Ed Emberl's Big Green Drawing Book" and he has orange, red, and purple too. He also has the books on specialized items like trains, or animals, but the big books pretty much cover it all along with this one. A perfect set of books for the young artist.

(When these books have been learned, and your artist is thinking of improving their skills they can try Mark Kistler's book next, then move on to books by Jack Hamm if they want to become a real artist someday.)

As an adult, I still love this book. I love it more now that it makes my son so happy that he can draw such neat things as castles, with dragons and knights in 2 minutes! A 5 year old or younger can easily draw many of the items in this book, as well as an doodle fan of any age. I give this my highest reccommendation!
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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"Ed Emberly's Drawing Book: Make a World" really takes me back. From my earliest days in elementary school (early 80's), I remember this book. I did not then, nor do I know, have any appreciable artistic talent. Yet, this book made very common objects, people, and places very easy to draw with a fundamental step-by-step instruction. It gave even the least talented wanna-be artist an outlet for creative production. I simply loved this book. I had it checked out of the school library (with constant renewals) for almost an entire school year until the librarians put their foot down. My parents were kind enough to buy me my own copy, and I carried it with me every day. Even when I wasn't drawing, the setup of the book is creative enough so that a reader can almost come up with their own stories based on the drawings. I have no idea where my old copy of this book is, but you can be sure that I am psyched to buy it again.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 1999
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I am 13 years old and a pretty decent drawer, and I must say that when I first started drawing from this book I couldn't believe how well Ed Emberley illustrated it. I think that people of all ages can improve their drawing if they take a look at Ed Emberley's fantastic illustrations in this book. With wonderful colors and marvelous illustrations, I would recommend it to anyone.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2006
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This was quite simply the greatest book I remember from my childhood. I went through two hardcover copies of Make a World as a child because I used it daily and it got worn and tattered. I am now in my early 30s, and am a licensed architect at one of the world's top architecture firms. I credit this book for instilling in me a deep love of drawing. I realize now that the title of this book is really a profound dictum for my chosen career: it is my job as an architect not just to draw a building, but to literally make a world within a building. Thank you Ed Emberley!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
I recently went back to the library that I went to as a kid (I'm 30 now), and, without even looking it up, I remembered the exact location of Ed Emberley's book. I had checked it out so many times and spent so many hours with it that I knew what was on every page before I turned it. The possibilities it offers to a young kid to express themselves confidently and easily through drawing is amazing. Just by putting together simple shapes, the book enables kids (and nostalgic 30 year-olds) to draw whatever thay can imagine. Better get the harcover version, because kids will wear this book out. The best.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
This is truly one of my favorite books from my childhood. I first experienced Ed Emberley when visiting a friend who had the book. We would spend hours building "worlds" of our own on paper using 4 simple colored markers (red, green, blue and black). I purchased this book for my 4-year old daughter in hopes she would take to it the same way I did as a child. She now spends hours drawing imaginary worlds using Ed's simple shapes to make everyday things you see in our world. Browsing through it today I find it virually unchanged from the original 1972 printing. Suggestion to parents: Pay the extra $$ to purchase the library hardback version. The book stays open easier using a paper clip and will last long enough to pass to your grandkids ;-).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I can easily remember the dozens of times I took this book out from the library when I was a kid. I would draw for hours. There wasn't anything that this book didn't tell you how to draw. Cars, boats, houses, people, bridges, and hundreds of other objects. And the best part about the book is how easy everything is. Any kid who has the ability to draw lines, curves and circles can draw everything in this book. From chairs and desks to fancy boats with many sails, from bicycles and tricycles to tractors and tractor trailers, this book had it all. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It is guaranteed to keep any young artist occupied for hours on end. The best book of its kind.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of all the Emberly books and if you have any interest in drawing or if you have kids, I can't recommend them strongly enough.
This one spans a wide range of ages, maybe the widest in the series. It perhaps won't reach as young as the thumbprint book, but because the drawings are designed to be small parts of a larger world, they're even simpler than those found in other books, and that can be very appealing to the young ones.
Older kids can exercise their imagination and skills by, as the books says, making a world. They'll be able to explore other things like composition and theme (however unconsciously) because the drawings they're using for their picture will be easy for them to render.
If I had a wish, it's that there would be more example landscapes in this book. The book is quite short, and the only example of combining pictures is on the last page. But the last page is inspirational and I would've liked more.
Nonetheless, this is a five-starrer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have given this book away more times than I can count. Sometimes as an intentional gift, other times I share it with a child in a waiting room or on an airplane, and they're so taken with it I have to let them keep it! It's a fun system that lets anyone draw charming little scenes with immediate success. Great introduction before moving on to more advanced books by others such as Lee Ames, Mark Kistler and Betty Edwards. But, the truth is, I love this book, too, and have fun with it all the time.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book very much and bought it for my son... I was so excited to give it to him. He has many of ed emberlys books. But you know, he really doesnt like it.... I think i know why tho. This book has many many pictures of alot of things that can be used to combine to make larger more scenic pictures... I thought that having all of those choices was a great thing. I think that my son likes having the pictures larger as they are in ed's other books... and they are also somewhat more detailed in the other books. Now, that said... this is still my favorite ed book... and perhaps my son will like it more in time... I just wanted to mention it is a bit different than some of ed's other books...
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