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Learn to draw Cat and Dog – Big Cat Series

I am so thrilled to finally have copies of How to Draw Cat and Dog.

I’ve been using the Cat and Dog books in reception and nurseries for some time and I’m always amazed – sometimes almost moved to tears – by the quality of the drawing the very young children draw along with me.

I’ve wanted to make this book for a while and finally convinced Big Cat to let me do it. It’s also a phonics book, which made it hard choosing the right words to describe key words for explaining drawing, that I couldn’t use because of the language levels. For circles – I used rings.

I am so proud of how it came out. Many thanks to my editor, Catherine Coe, for helping to squeeze it all into the phonics box.

Cat and Dog teach you how to draw cat and dog in a story – yes, there is a story too! Learn also how to draw a tree so Cat has somewhere to hide when Dog starts chasing. With all that drawing, you have everything you need to write and illustrate a simple story – even key words.

What more could anyone want in a Reception/Kindergarten/Early years Foundation class?

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What how-to-draw book would you like best?

Greek Theatre Mask from the new book

Currently I’m working on a How to draw Ancient Greek Stuff book, which is proving more complicated that I’d imagined. The complications are mostly in the style and design of the book, which I want to be the basis of a continuing format.

Recently, when I mentioned it to a year three class – which would be 2nd Grade in the US – they cheered, what convinced me that I’m doing the right thing.

I’m planning to have all the artwork finished and the book ready early in the New Year, when I will launch it as a Kickstarter Project.

I’m already thinking about the next book in the series, so what do you think I should do next? Which subject matter would be most helpful in drawing generally or in school or home school curricula? I suppose this is market research. I’m turning into a publisher!

 

New Mudpuddle Farm books by Michel Morpurgo have arrived

Yay! My copies of the new Mudpuddle Farm books by Michael Morpurgo have arrived. They look just fab!

See Haw Hooray is a pair of new stories in which there are major changes at Mudpuddle Farm. I can’t tell you more – you’ll have to read it!

the six other titles in the series have been brought out again in new editions with two stories to each book.

It is so great to be working with Michael again.  These books first came out a long time ago, but Mudpuddle farm, with Farmer Raffery and all his animals, has a timeless quality to it.

I hope we will do many more together.