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These titles feature brief introductory material covering the use of basic shapes as a starting point for drawing, as well as coloring tips. The text is the same in these sections from book to book, but the accompanying illustrations are specific to the subject at hand. The books proceed with easily followed, step-by-step instructions for sketching approximately 40 different creatures. Each page also includes crisp photographs of the animals (with the exception of dinosaurs), as well as one or two neatly boxed "fun facts." The plentiful white space will allow children to focus on the necessary lines, and the print varies in both size and color, adding significant interest. These will be worthy replacements for some of the titles in Lee J. Ames's "Draw 50" series (Broadway), which may be showing signs of wear, but there is a caveat. The attractive format will have these books flying off the shelves, but as they are only available in paperback, they may come limping back.