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Children's LiteratureThere are no rules in cartooning, but there are some guidelines. The first step is to practice drawing nine basic lines and shapes. Learning these lines and shapes will make drawing cartoons easier. An alien's head begins with two overlapping ovals. Add another oval for the nose, add eyes and a curved line for a mouth. These aliens have an antenna on their heads. The body is added by using more ovals and circles. Instructions for eighteen aliens in a variety of activities are included in this paperback book, one of the "1-2-3 Draw" series. There is an alien floating, an alien flying a saucer, an alien in a spaceship and an alien on a scooter. Each alien is exactly alike, but drawn from a different angle depending on the activity. Each drawing is developed in up to five stages, with the final version in color. This kind of instruction facilitates a major break through for those children who want to take their drawings to the next level of realism. I have used these books with kids as young as five years old. They were ready to use these techniques and proud of their accomplishments. The drawings are large enough and the progression clear enough for kids to follow along even when they can't read the text. 2003, Peel Productions, Ages 5 to 12.