There is no way I could begin this review without giving a shout out to the stupendous Ed Emberley, the Grand Poobah of drawing books for kids, especially thumbprint art. You may think that there is no room for another book on this subject, but when someone has the background in art, creativity and inspiration that Marion Deuchars does, there is definitely room. In fact, Deuchars really takes the whole idea of a "learning to draw" and "fingerprint art" book to a new level with Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art. In fact, I might go so far as to say that Deuchars's work is a kid-friendly version of Keri Smith, creator of the hugely popular WRECK THIS JOURNAL. For a peek inside her books and the chance to try some out some of Deuchars's ideas, visit her fantastic website, Let's Make Some Great Art and check out her other books at the end of this review, which also includes a wonderful book trailer.
Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art is both instructive AND interactive. Kids are encouraged to leave their stamp on the pages of the book and practice ideas. Deuchars has ideas for how to use single fingerprints as well as how to pile up fingerprints and make anything from a bunch of balloons to a pyramid. She even has a spread where kids can create their own Day of the Dead decorated skull! And, she explains the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead as well as the other curiosities she mentions in the book. On top of that, there are pages showing how to make prints using rubbish and how to incorporate collage into art work. And so much more! This is a book you (and a child) will want to sit down and read cover to cover before even trying a project, although, believe me, your hands will be itching to get into some ink or paint while you make your way through Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art!
Marion Deuchars's other books for kids!
Source: Review Copy