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Author: M.J. Bronstein

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2014

Material: paperback

Summary: Black and white photographs create an imaginative canvas. The prompts that go with the picture encourage the user to write or draw something. This is a photo-illustrated book of prompts to encourage creativity.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 8 and Up

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Exploring this book was a ton of fun! There are so many options: draw a treasure in a window; mirror-image an animal's face; complete a story about who lives in the village. Sometimes, the prompt lets the reader decide if they want to draw or write (e.g., what's making that noise?) I'd pick this over a coloring book any day!

Pros: Hold in your hand this book of endless opportunities for creativity. Just looking at the photos will get readers' imaginations flowing.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great book to have handy for rainy days and road trips, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Fireflies; A Writer's Notebook by Coleen Murtagh Paratore; Connect the Thoughts, a Journal: Dot Your Life, Free Your Mind HOLD THAT THOUGHT FOR KIDS   BECOMING ME: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOR THE READER TO COMPLETE   MY ADVENTURE WITH DINOSAURS; Where You Create the Story #2

Educational Themes: This is a personalized book. Readers write and draw to create their individual stories. The book is set up in such a way that each spread offers its own theme, so readers can pick the page that inspires them that day.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - art, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

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