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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 16 years
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423604655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423604655
  • ASIN: 1423604652
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 18 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A playful guide for doodling, imagining, and coloring outside the lines.

About the Author

Bill Zimmerman has had a successful career as a journalist, prize-winning newspaper editor, and prolific book writer. Nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, Bill is a former journalist for Newsday and is the author of Doodles & Daydreams: Your Passport for Becoming an Escape Artist (Gibbs Smith, 2007) and Lunch Box Letters. He lives in New York City.



Tom Bloom's work includes illustrations for Pocketdoodles for Kids, Pocketdoodles for Young Artists, and Doodles & Daydreams, among many other books. He draws regularly for the New York Times and lives in Scarsdale, New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reenie M on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
My 8 year old really likes this book though it's a bit too big for his pocket :( He usually draws when he's bored, (when tv and gaming isn't allowed) this book is nice because it's gives him ideas about what to draw. For ex. The title will say "help these kids build the best sand castle on the beach", there is a black and white drawing of some kids with buckets and shovels and then lots of blank space for your artist to draw the sand castles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Especially Happy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pocketdoodles for Kids, written by Bill Zimmerman and illustrated by Tom Bloom, is for younger children, generally being aimed at kids ages 4-8. The younger siblings can have one, too! The drawing prompts on each page are very simple, so that even young children can read and understand them. Plus, it suggests ideas for basic drawings to make it easy for small kids. Draw what the clown is juggling or draw some extra scoops of ice cream are a couple of the pages in the thick, yet easy to hold book.
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We travel a lot & so I'm always looking for travel toys and activities for my kindergartener. Although this is supposedly for 9+ years and older, most the pages can be done by littler ones if you just read them the instructions. It's been great for us on trips. Nice, compact size.
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My seven-year-old artist loves this book. It's not as limiting as a traditional coloring book, nor as intimidating as a blank page. One-sentence prompts on each page accompany PART of a simple line drawing, black ink on white paper. The child is to complete the picture, following the prompt. (Mine doesn't always bother to read the prompt, which is fine with me.) Some of the pictures are fairly elaborate, like the man talking to a bird with blank speech bubbles to fill in. Others are very basic, like the one with three squiggly lines randomly placed on the page with the prompt of, "What can you make with these doodles?" Still others are blank pages with prompts such as, "Draw a wild hairdo." This is a fun way to stimulate creative thinking, and it's great for in the car, in a restaurant, or in a waiting room.
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By Sage on January 13, 2015
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This was bought as a have-a-gift-on-hand type present. I got two other of these types (Doodle, Imagine, Draw and Dream Big, Draw Bigger) and wanted a smaller option.

This is a great travel sized book. It's not quite as imaginative, and not quite as colorful as the other books...but it's the perfect size for a kid to tote around during a day outing, or for a car ride. It'll also be a really cool present, and would be suitable for a large range of ages (5-12ish) and unlike the others would be more accepted by either gender.

I'm pretty happy with the look and the quality of it, and would suggest it as a great stocking stuffer, present-add-on, or even a good present to be mailed. It is pretty small--about the size of an index card--but it quite thick.
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More About the Author

Bill Zimmerman has been a journalist, a prize-winning newspaper editor, and an author for many years. Much of his work has been directed toward empowering young people and helping families become closer.

Bill's books include: Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw, Pocket Doodles for Artists, Pocket Doodles for Kids, Doodles & Daydreams, 100 Things Guys Need to Know, My Paper Memory Quilt, Lunch Box Letters, How to Tape Instant Oral Biographies, A Book of Questions, MakeBeliefs, Make Beliefs for Kids of All Ages, LifeLines, The Little Book of Joy, Dogmas, Cat-e-Chisms, A Book of Sunshine, My Life: An Open Book, Idea Catcher for Kids, and Butterfly Wishes.

Bill is also the creator of the popular MakeBeliefsComix.com, where visitors can create their own comic strips online. The site is used by students and teachers in more than 180 countries to teach literacy, reading, writing, and storytelling and has received the Parents' Choice Foundation Recommended Award. Bill also teaches writing and reading to young people and immigrant students learning English.

Creating his books has always been a way for him to transport himself to a better world, to explore, to fly with his imagination, and to find hope and solace. Many of his books, such as Your Life in Comics, are interactive in nature and help young people express what is deep within them and find their writers' voices.

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