Reviews for Draw Superheroes in 4 Easy Steps : Then Write a Story

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
These books provide instructions for drawing characters and objects and using them in imaginative stories. In the four simple steps the intent is sound: sketch big body shapes first, then add detail gradually, erasing extra lines and finally adding color. Somewhat advanced observational and hand skills are required; sample stories are given at the end. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these Drawing in 4 Easy Steps titles: Draw Aliens and Space Objects in 4 Easy Steps, Draw Animals in 4 Easy Steps, Draw Cartoon People in 4 Easy Steps, Draw Pirates in 4 Easy Steps, Draw Princesses in 4 Easy Steps, and Draw Superheroes in 4 Easy Steps.]

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 April

Gr 3-6--LaBaff proves that drawing cartoon characters and items can be "easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!" The projects are presented in steps that require budding artists to try to reproduce non-geometric lines. There is no attempt to teach general drawing skills or suggestion for variations. The resulting drawings are two dimensional, but likely to appeal to children as they are reminiscent of the style of some popular Saturday morning cartoons. After the drawing instructions sections, LaBaff gives guidelines for writing a story inspired by the art and supplies appropriate writing prompts. The books end with a sample story and accompanying illustrations. Most children should be able to complete both drawings and stories with success.

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