Laurence King Publishing asked if they could send me some art related books to review, and in turn I could keep the books for myself or use for a give away. I thought, Great Idea, I've always wanted to host a give-away. . .
The books were delivered as promised. It was like Christmas... the kids were sooo excited and rushed to get their markers and crayons for these "awesome" books (their word, not mine). I had to be a fun killer and explain that they couldn't actually use these books because Mommy was going to give them away to her blog readers. BUMMER!
Then I started researching how all you smart bloggers out there actually set up a give-away. TMI-that stands for TOO MUCH INFORMATION! I still haven't figured it out. Can't I do an old fashioned drawing, or is that against the rules?? I need some advice!
So anyway, here's my honest to goodness review of one of the books they sent me. It's called How to be the Best Bubble Writer in the World EVER, by Linda Scott.
My first impression of the book was disappointment. After all, I am an artist and I love color and pretty images. This book is lacking in both. But upon further examination, I did find some things appealing about this book...and my kids (ages 6, 9 & 12) thought it was really "cool". As an artist and art teacher, this book would really not be that helpful to me, except possibly for journaling exercise ideas. BUT, as a MOM that's an artist, it would be the perfect gift to give! I already want to give it to all the kids I know. I love to give gifts that foster creativity!
As a book for kids, it would be a great travel companion, something creative for a rainy day, and a helpful tool for making school projects look fun and creative. There's also a lot of ideas for simple creative projects, that I do think, as an art teacher, can help kids develop confidence and their own personal creative style of writing. It's set up almost like a workbook, so ideas can be expressed and recorded in the book. Who knows, it might really teach them to be the best bubble writer ever.
This book is a paperback and sells for $14.99, which is a great gift price point. It's classified in the "Graphic Design" category on their website. To read a LKP description on this book, or purchase directly from their website, click HERE.