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Doodle Lit: Drawing on the Classics Paperback – August 1, 2014
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JENNIFER ADAMS is the author of more than 30 books, including board books in the best-selling BabyLit series which introduce young children to the world of classic literature. Jennifer works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit her website at jennifer-adams.com.
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This journal is filled with prompts to get you started doodling and to generate ideas. And they’re all based on the classics. We love the rats in Dracula, the buggies in Pride and Prejudice, and all the animals in The Jungle Book. DoodleLit gives you prompts for almost everything under the sun!
There is magic in doodling. When you draw or doodle without planning and thinking you let your creativity reveal itself without your brain getting in the way, so whatever you make has a story to tell you.
In these pages you will find some samples of doodles by very famous writers. We found these doodles in their journals and the margins of their manuscripts. It is fun to see how their drawings relate to what they were writing about at the time. And we have left space for you to doodle around them and imagine what you might doodle if you were that person. Fill these pages with what their doodles inspire you to explore.
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(colored pencils work well with it.). Having some knowledge of literature makes it more enjoyable.
Lots of classic authors are included – Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Herman Melville, Jane Austen and so many more.
For each author there is a cleverly drawn portrait of that author and then a handful of pages for your student to doodle, draw or create in unique and interesting ways.
Included in the Shakespeare section were pages instructing students to draw the bouquet of roses Romeo gave to Juliet, design an invitation to a masquerade ball, write a love letter to anyone (even a slice of pizza if you feel so strongly about it), doodle hats on the heads of several various Romeos and more.
I love its simple, light hearted approach that attracts kids to its pages, but at the same time inserts knowledge and aids in the student’s understanding the author and his/her work a little more clearly.
I plan to use this as a resource whenever one of the kids is reading a particular author’s work. I like it as another form of creative narration at our house.
I love the artwork and the projects – engaging, funny, entertaining and educational.
For example, the coat of arms activity for Shakespeare has a brief explanation of what they are, their significance, and the various components, along with room to draw your own crest, coat of arms and motto. And Bram Stoker’s Dracula is said to be bored with his 450-year-old cape, so you get to design a new one for him.
There are a few writing prompts as well, like what your rules would be if you were the Queen in “Alice in Wonderland.” Some prompts are more general, like drawing undersea life for “Moby Dick.” Each chapter has several activities, like Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” — which warns that it is an unhappy book because “Heathcliff and Cathy were not nice to each other” — which includes different pages to draw leaves for the four seasons, Cathy’s laundry hanging on a clothesline, weather vanes for different houses, and activities for apples, eggs, and snowmen.
The prompts are quite clever and fun, like when Huck Finn notes “Everything we had in the world was on our raft,” and asks you to doodle your possessions (“Would they all fit on a raft?”), or designing a seal for your family, club, or wolfpack, like the one in Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” It’s a delightful book overall, fun and simple, yet compelling. Great way for young people to learn more about classic lit, as well as get some practice drawing!
Doodle Lit is filled with classic authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, etc. etc. There is a bit of a synopsis of each author and what they are famous for. There are also quotes from their famous works...with a bit of a Doodle Lit twist!
At first I thought Doodle Lit was geared more towards adults, but then I came across a page that said to get your parent to help you cut out something. So then I modified my idea and came to the conclusion that Doodle Lit can be for any age. I think an adult would know more of the authors than a young person though. The target age says for children 8 and up.
The pages are perforated so that you can tear them out, and each page that requires some form of cutting has a back page that is just a design so that you don't have to worry about ruining another doodle.
You can use colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue and glitter or anything else to help you embellish some of the activities.
If you like to doodle, and if you are a fan of classic literature then check this book out and have fun being creative!