I became a fan of the work of Barney Saltzberg after reading and reviewing his amazing book Beautiful Oops! last year. Filled with fantastic paper engineering, Beautiful Oops! is paean to creativity and tool kit for creatively approaching mistakes. Also, it's just a really fun book to read. Keep Beautiful Oops! in mind when graduation season rolls around, too! This may be sacrilege, but I think Beautiful Oops! should take the place of Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss as the go-to book for grads. Now, with his newest book, Andrew Drew and Drew, Saltzberg brings us another creatively inspiring book in this story that reads a bit like an updated version of Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Andrew Drew and Drew begins, "Andrew was a doodle boy," and we see him sitting at a big desk sharpening pencils. The rest of the book shows Andrew drawing an array of things, happy to know that the next day will bring more things to draw. The idea is a simple one. The flaps to lift and surpises they hide make the book memorable and fun, something kids will want to read over and over. That is, until they jump up, grab pencil and paper and make their own book! As with Beautiful Oops!, the book trailer, see below, does the best job showing you how wonderful this book is, although I found a few good images to share. I included the trailer for Beautiful Oops! also since it's just so brilliant!
Images from: Design of the Picture Book