Last year I reviewed Let's Make Great FIngerprint Art by Marion Deuchars (be sure to check out her activity filled website, Let's Make Some Great Art) and it got tons of attention, for good reason. Deuchars's creative, often out-of-the-box ideas are sure to inspire little (and big) kids while the presentation of the book itself with the thick, sturdy pages and appealing layout makes it look like much more than a kid's drawing book. I am thrilled to be able review her newest book, Let's Make More Great Placemat Art which, as you can imagine, is a follow-up to Let's Make Some Great Placemat Art. And, like Deuchars, think outside of the box with this book - it can be enjoyed in tons of places beyond the dinner table! Tear out the pages, roll them up and take them on a plane or a train to keep kids engaged. Tear out the pages, fold them up and send them to your favorite person (little or big)! And, no matter how you use this book, remember to hang the finished works on the wall. The colorful borders on every page make the art look like it's already framed!
I haven't reviewed many art-craft-doodle-drawing books for kids because, as a parent, I want to get my money's worth. Especially in this day and age when there are so many ideas to be found all over the internet. For me, that means that any kind of art-craft-doodle-drawing book that taking up shelf space in my house has to unique and beautifully designed, which Deuchars books are. An internationally acclaimed, award winning illustrator with a long career working with major design and advertising agencies, Deuchars's books fit this bill perfectly. Her books are published by Laurence KingPublishing, a London based house that publishes books for students, professionals and the general consumer on advertising, art, fashion & textiles, animation, graphic design, interior design, photography and product design. In 2011 Laurence King Publishing launched a line of gift and children's books that reflects the design and production skills as well as the creative range of their line of technical art books. But, don't take my word for it - enjoy Deuchars's illustrations here, as the appear in her placemat sized book with easy-to-tear-out pages, Let's Make More Great Placemat Art! There are nine different pages in all, each page repeating four times and representing a fantastic range of ideas and images to complete, allowing for a range of abilities and interests.
More wonderful books from Marion Deuchars!
Source: Review Copy