In Squiggles, you get to create the pages! The gaps and spaces on each page
are designed to be completed with your artwork. Use it for practice or play;
buy it for your child or your grandparent. Squiggles is meant to spur
the imagination and yield artistic expression.
There is a lot of room to express oneself in Squiggles. Opportunities to draw and paint are organized under themes such as An Adventure, Time to Eat, and Ocean Voyage. The basic outlines on every page are rendered in bold grey lines, and the drawing prompts provided on the top of many pages present readers with fun approaches to creativity. As you work through each of the twelve themes, there are incomplete pictures to finish, details to be added to scenes, and blank pages to be filled.
In the Time to Eat section, readers are asked to “paint something delicious” onto an empty plate. Prompts on proceeding pages ask readers to draw something that can be eaten with chopsticks, and something that is “going to be very difficult to eat.” Not every page has drawing suggestions to follow though. When the instructions stop, only outlines appear. It’s now up to the reader to decide how and what to add to each scene. In the Ocean Voyage section, there is an island and a huge body of water. Sharks can be added, ships could be sailing, a message might have been written in the sand. The results depend only on
the reader’s imagination. In addition, most sections end with a blank page and a question or statement on top. The last page in the Hats section is for an enormous hat illustration, and the last page in My Friends asks “Who’s this?” These last pages allow the reader to be designers of clothes and hats, painters of skies and flowers, and explorers of deserts and mountains. The wide variety of themes and the extra-thick pages give readers a place to showcase not only their talents but also their thoughts.
Taro Gomi was born in Tokyo. His previous books include
Scribbles: A Really Giant Drawing and Coloring Book,
Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book,
My Friends and
Spring is Here.
Whether it’s for entertainment or for learning, Squiggles: A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book is a wonderful way to explore your artistic side.