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Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Faces
Learn to draw the Ed Emberley way series

Text/Illustrated by Ed Emberley

      This book from the "Learn to draw the Ed Emberley way" series is filled with faces - faces of people, faces of creatures, even a monster face or two. The faces all begin with a simple shape - circle, square, rectangle, triangle - shapes well within the drawing skills of even young children. Then Emberly adds the details (in small, easily copied steps) that change each shape into a personality-filled character. Then he adds a couple pages of fun faces and prompts readers to think about the shapes that made up each one. After that, he talks about how small changes and choices can change the personality of the character, the emotions shown by the character - even the character’s age or weight. Then he gives "parts" pages to introduce different kinds of eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and hairstyles. This book really sparks independent creations and helps kids go beyond exact copies of the faces shown to making creations of their own. Simple, fun, and creative - what more can you ask from a drawing book?

The Book

Little, Brown and Company
August 2006
Nonfiction - Art / Ages 4-8
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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