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Barretta_Pastel step by stepBaggetta, Marla Pastel Step by Step
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Fisher, Diana The Art of Rock Painting
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Franks, Gene Pencil Drawing
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Goldman, Ken Charcoal Drawing
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Powell, William F. Perspective
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Swenson, Brenda Steps to Success in Watercolor
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Tollison, Hal Cartooning
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster

Wang, Lucy The Art of Chinese Brush Painting
Middle school, high school  64 pp. Walter Foster

Artist’s Library series. These highly specialized books offer detailed information about tools and materials, shaping, light effects, color, and composition. Step-by-step instructions, along with many inspiring artistic examples, enhance the volumes. Technically advanced, accomplished students who are serious about art will be interested in pursuing the finer points of lifelike illustration, brush painting, cartooning, etc., presented by the series.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Drawing; Cartoons and comics; Painting

Loeb_Movin and ShakinLoeb, Lisa Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ & Shakin’: The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes
Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sterling

Illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke. This book offers lyrics to each song on the accompanying CD — a mixture of traditional favorites and originals — plus step-by-step instructions for dance moves and general suggestions for gettin’ down while you listen. O’Rourke’s oil and acrylic illustrations lend additional silliness to the package; the design is frenetic, but it’s fitting given the concept. Great for groups and active story hours.
Subjects: Music; Songs

mendez_One World KidsMendez, Sean One World Kids Cookbook: Easy, Healthy and Affordable Family Meals
Gr. 4–6   96 pp. Interlink

Vivid full-page close-up photographs of people around the world preparing and enjoying favorite foods make this book a visual feast. Nineteen countries are represented, with just six steps or fewer to the finished dishes. Cuisine is presented as a unifying, participatory family art, with children fully involved in preparation — and consumption. Experimentation with international tastes is celebrated.
Subjects: Cookery and Nutrition; Food; Multicultural books

roche_art for kidsRoche, Art Art for Kids: Comic Strips: Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish
Gr. 4–6   112 pp. Sterling

This guide for a young person interested in drawing comic strips covers the many steps to creating a story in pictorial art. The process is outlined clearly and with copious illustrations. Creating characters, writing funny incidents, organizing design layout, and even publishing advice are included. Cautionary notes about comic publishing on the internet are mentioned. Ind.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Cartoons and comics; Drawing

schafer_illusionologySchafer, Albert D. Illusionology: The Secret Science of Magic
Gr. 4–6   30 pp. Candlewick

Ology series. Part history and fiction, part science and how-to, this addition to the popular series provides a generous amount of information for the magician-in-training. The scrapbook format in sepia tones includes pockets, pull-outs, and pop-ups with a well-balanced assembly of illustrations and text boxes. This appealing presentation will invite frequent browsing. No back matter is included.
Subjects: Games, Magic, and Riddles; Magicians; Science; Optical illusions; History; Toy and movable books

From the January 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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