We have a mountain of coloring books, and Olive will color in them once in a while. We also have activity books that will hold her attention for a while longer, like the Taro Gomi books. But nothing, nothing, has captivated her like Travis Nichols’ Monster Doodle Book.
A review copy arrived in the mail, and she’s been systematically working her way through the book. On each page is a bit of an illustration that you’re to finish in whatever way you imagine.
There’s a real evolution in Olive’s drawings. First they started out really sketchy, as she flew through the first quarter of the book using crayons.
About halfway through, she started using black pen and marker. When she discovered a black marker that’s about the same weight as the book lines, some great things started to happen. It really looks like her drawings are part of what was already there.
The book has a terrific sense of humor. Be warned – it has words like ‘jerk’ and ‘barf’, which will make it all the more hilarious to the Captain Underpants set.
I think Monster Doodle Book will appeal to a huge age range, but probably 6-8 is the sweet spot. I’m planning on ordering a stack to have them on hand as birthday presents, and Olive and I were talking about getting her another one so that she could draw the monsters in new and exciting ways.