Do you have a doodler? Several of ours loved to doodle and embellish their school books which wasn’t always appreciated by mom. Doodle Adventures makes doodling fun and creative again.
After getting on to one of the little ones about writing and doodling in their math book, they asked me why I wrote in and doodled in my Bible? Well, this made me stop and think about it. They had a point, because I do write notes, highlight, under line, and even draw stick figures or doodle when taking notes while listening to a lesson or when studying my Bible.
This was one of those times where their quick little mind crossed over the imaginary line of child to young adult. Their reasoning was solid.
My reason for marking up my Bible was so that I could learn more and be able to remember the lesson when I came back to it at a later date. Their reason while maybe not as eloquently stated was based on the same concept. LOL!
So while coloring in your math book may not be allowed, there are special books that it is not only allowed, but encouraged. The Doodle Adventures combines reading with drawing. Don’t tell my littles but I consider their time in these books as part of their education. If they found out, it probably would not be anywhere near as much fun!
This series of three (3) books so far are all set up for you to draw the story based on the hints and comments from the characters.
Book 1: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs
This book is a lighthearted fantasy where the reader first draws him- or herself into the story, and then continues by following prompts and adding more illustrations and doodles. Set in space, the book invites the reader to join Carl, a duck and member of a super-secret international group of explorers, on a journey in search of a very important grail-like object. The book is sturdy paper over board with beautiful cream paper—perfect for defacing! And by the end, the reader will have co-written a tale to return to again and again, and show off to family and friends.
Book 2: The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!
This is a rip-roaring adventure tale starring Carl, the friendly narrator who happens to be a duck, and the reader, who is drawn right into the story—literally. Together, they embark on the very important mission of finding out who has been stealing all of the pizza in town. Could it be the Dread Pirate Slobberts, the meanest, nastiest pirate ever to sail the Seven Seas? And, more important, how are they going to get all that pizza back?
Armed with a well-sharpened pencil and their imaginations, and following Carl’s prompts, readers fill in the blanks on each page until the story is complete. The result is a sturdy, one-of-a-kind book—starring you!—that’s as much a joy to read over and over again as it was to make.
Book 3: The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat!
In this book, Carl the Duck is back and needs help on the very important mission of discovering why the cats around town are acting like jerks. Can you track them down and break the spell they are under? (And maybe draw a space vampire along the way?)
I love that each page combines the use of hand lettered text, delightful illustrations, plus prompts along with plenty of space for the reader’s own contributions. The book is made from sturdy paper over board with high-quality paper that is great to draw on. It holds up even to those that are heavy handed like mine.
This series is great for little ones. They will love using their imaginations to complete the story, then reading it over and over again. All three books are available on Amazon. You may also find them in your local retailer such as Walmart or Barnes & Nobles.
Do you doodle? Do you find it helps you listen better or have better recall? Or are you one that doodles when you are not paying attention and just need to look busy?
I received book three of the Doodle Adventures, The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat as part of a media release from Workman Publishing. The Author, Mike Lowery has a large number of books and games available on Amazon.
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