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Children's Literature"96 pages of how-to havoc" shouts a burst on the cover and the how-to is sufficiently detailed to encourage even a non-artist to pick up a pencil. The young people who will have the most fun with this book, though, are those who doodle in the margins of their homework. Caldwell's step-by-step instructions and drawings will improve their skill and give them ideas to nurse their own creativity. Ultimately, that is Caldwell's goal. He wants kids to take his basic instructions and have fun: "If you're bored, your drawings will look boring. Your drawings can be funny or creepy or simple or detailed—just make them your own." He provides substantive information on drawing actual bodies and faces and then exaggerates certain features to show power or emotion or attitude: making an upper lip just a little bit longer makes a face less graceful; using bold, jagged lines helps create an irritable old wizard. Caldwell even shows how to draw knuckles and toes with impact. This is indeed a book of action and it will not spend much time getting dusty on a library shelf. 2004, Sterling, Ages 8 to 16.