Adventures in Cartooning Activity Book

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The magic cartooning elf is back—along with the Knight, Edward the hungry horse, and a whole new cast of charming characters! And this time, readers can join in the fun—right IN the book!

ALA Notable Children’s Book Adventures in Cartooning was called “the best book of the year,” in a starred review in Booklist, and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Building on the basic lessons presented in Adventures in Cartooning, this activity book leads kids through ...

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Overview

The magic cartooning elf is back—along with the Knight, Edward the hungry horse, and a whole new cast of charming characters! And this time, readers can join in the fun—right IN the book!

ALA Notable Children’s Book Adventures in Cartooning was called “the best book of the year,” in a starred review in Booklist, and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Building on the basic lessons presented in Adventures in Cartooning, this activity book leads kids through a story that they help tell by doodling and completing comics activities. And at the end, readers are invited to make their own comic book story!

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Editorial Reviews

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The superlative Adventures in Cartooning (2009) was a first-rate adventure story and clever comics primer for young readers. This follow-up offers a hands-on approach to creating sequential narrative that kids interested in the form will not be able to resist. Slimmer and lighter on story, the narrative of a knight and his friendly elf questing for fun in the middle of a rainstorm is seamlessly woven into various activities meant to sharpen children’s understanding of and skill with the rudiments of sequential art. All the crucial bases are covered: illustrating expressions, characters, objects, and actions; using codes (like speed lines), perspective, dialogue, and sound effects; and panel sequencing and efficiency. All this culminates in a mapped-out array of blank panels for producing an entire story. Nothing else quite like this take on understanding and making comics exists, and few things in the future are likely to capture its charm, though there is certainly an issue with its built-in, print-specific limitations: be ready to xerox all the activity pages, or this will be a one-use activity book. — Booklist
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
The Magic Cartooning Elf, knight, and Edward the horse from Adventures in Cartooning are back for another adventure—but this time they've decided to let the reader in on the fun! When the departing moon tells the rising sun about all the wonderful bedtime stories he hears at night, the sun cries, wanting to hear a story of his own—and creates a rainstorm that keeps the knight from going outside. Fortunately, the Magic Cartooning Elf drops by for a visit, and soon the silly characters are up to their necks in a brand-new quest involving a giant, robots, and a huge chocolate-chip cookie monster! As the adventurers race from one bizarre situation to another, several panels and pages are left blank for the reader to draw parts of the story, as the Magic Cartooning Elf playfully suggests readers fill in empty word balloons, create their own giant, and fill in their own scenery. The story ends with an entire section of blank panels, allowing readers to draw their own comic strips using the skills they've been practicing. Part graphic novel and part coloring/activity book, Adventures in Cartooning: Activity Book will be a lot of fun for kids who like to doodle. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596435988
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Adventures in Cartooning Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 493,110
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Sturm is the author of award-winning graphic novels for children and adults, including James Sturm's America, Market Day, The Golem’s Mighty Swing and Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow. He is the founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

 

Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost are graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Arnold lives in New York and works in publishing. Frederick-Frost lives outside of Boston and works at a library.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Wonderful for helping anyone explore their desire to be a cartoonist!

    Gives helpful and amusing instructions on how to develop and draw a story line.l know of 2 children who were so enthralled with the book that they took it everywhere with them.

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