OMG–do you know kids who would love to draw their own illustrations in their favorite book? Or kids who you have to make sure they’re not using their crayons to write in their books? AKA, unbeknownst to you, the Very Hungry Caterpillar has now been colored black? If you have kids that fit into either scenario, then this may be the perfect book for them.
The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie–An Illustrate Your Own Adventure by Krista Franks Brock is exactly what you think it is, a story that your readers would be able to illustrate themselves. This tale is about a young boy, Calvin, and his friend Ollie, a stuffed owl who has just come to life, and their nighttime trip into the forest when Calvin doesn’t want to go to sleep.
Franks Brock does a good job of easing the reader into drawing their own illustrations. The first few pages you’ll see outlines of the owl and outlines of Calvin, which will guide a hesitant illustrator into their drawings, because they will mostly be coloring. Eventually though, your reader will be able to use their imagination to make Calvin and Ollie look exactly like they want them to.
*Side note: I recommend reading it through at least once before starting the illustrations. Knowing the story will make the illustrating that much easier. Also, depending on the age of your child, they may be able to do the illustrating independently once they are familiar with the plot. (#momwin!)
Because I already struggle with letting go of my kids’ books, I already know that this is definitely one of those books that I will be keeping. Can you imagine how much joy they will get out of rereading this book in 10 years, maybe even in 5? I can just imagine the future giggles at their juvenile illustrations.
So, if you’ve got future book illustrators or artists in your household, The Nighttime Adventures of Calvin and Ollie–An Illustrate Your Own Adventure by Krista Franks Brock could be a great way to combine their skills with a love of reading!
I was given an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review, but you can purchase this book from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098554345?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860
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