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A Really Cool Art Book

Normally I have harsh words for so-called educational workbooks you find at Costco. (The phrase “soul-crushing” comes to mind.) I’m not a big fan of workbooks in general, unless you are going to be trapped with your kids on an airplane, and in that case –load up! But Let’s Make Some Great Art, by Marion Deuchars is different.

Repetitive sentence-phrasing alert! Normally, I don’t include pictures of the insides of books because I try to stay vigilant about not infringing on copyrights, but you really have to see inside Let’s Make Some Great Art to see why I like it so much.

There are lots of “how-to” drawing tutorials…

…as well as several art history lessons and introductions to famous artists.

I was actually quite tempted to buy two of these books; one for Bruce(7) and one for myself. But since I’m not exactly sure when I would find time for myself to draw, I just bought one book and put it in Bruce’s summer basket.

As it turns out, my mom had purchased Marion Deuchar’s Let’s Make Some Great Placemat Art to keep at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It’s a lot less educational, but still fun. Let’s Make some great Placemat Art would be a good choice for an emergent reader…or anyone facing a long car-trip this summer with kids in the backseat.

1 Comment

  1. Mary Ann Johnson says:


    I really enjoyed your reviews of some excellent books for children, and I wanted to share with you another book you might want to know about. It is a 20 activity thinking skills book for introducing King Tutankhamun to children and their families. It is called Tutankhamun: Time Capsule, published by Cartouche Publications. Currently it is available on CD, soft cover and Kindle and Nook.

    The Pacific Science Center has an agreement to sell only the materials that were published by the sponsors, so high quality educational materials are a little harder to find. If you are interested in this book, you’ll find an ad in Seattle’s Child, the Summer Explorer issue, with more about it, and can order one from my website at www. nwconsult.com

    With best regards, Mary Ann Johnson, M.Ed.

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