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Do You Doodle? The Drawing Alternative to Coloring Books

Updated on October 9, 2014

An Alternative to Coloring Inside the Lines

All kids have coloring books, but not all kids are content to just color inside the lines. Nor should they be. Do You Doodle? is an amazing book in which each page is somewhere between a blank page and a coloring book page. The reader is prompted to complete the picture, requiring them to use their own imagination finish the picture with their own drawings. They can use colors, or just a pencil to "doodle".

I spotted this book in a store and the cover piqued my interest. I opened the book, and on the first page I gazed upon, I knew I would be taking it home with me. I had a little boy in mind who isn't really into coloring books much right now. I knew that this book would peak this six year old's interest in a way that ordinary coloring and activity books don't. It would let him guide the page.

I was right. I brought it along to a restaurant where he often gets a bit impatient before the meal comes. He was immediately engrossed in it. He was explaining what he was drawing and why. He was smiling and laughing when he flipped through the pages - he already knew what he would draw there.

Do You Doodle? is an extraordinarily creative book that presents partial drawings with a prompt that encourages the reader to complete the picture. It is not a dot-to-dot type of picture, or one that is seeking a specific outcome. The drawings are open ended so that it is the readers choice how the image turns out. Doodling as a child can be all it takes to spark a lifelong love of art.

Do You Doodle?
Do You Doodle?

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Do You Doodle? - A Drawing Book

Kids drawings help them express emotion, as well as allow them to exercise their imagination and exercising the imagination is exactly what Do You Doodle? encourages.

This book makes them think about what they are doing rather than blindly coloring whatever is there. They have to make choices. And, after all, drawing is a learned skill which takes practice.

Introducing Nikalas Catlow - Author of Do You Doodle?

Two Pages from Do You Doodle?

Two Pages from Do You Doodle?
Two Pages from Do You Doodle?


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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      This sounds cool! I'd like to give this book a try.

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: I'm not the artist but it would be a great idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your talents with us! I appreciate your doodles as a springboard for students to practice a world language. PLEASE consider turning "Do You Doodle?" into an app!

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Doodling is now a big art movement and specialist courses (Zentangling) are on offer for enthusiasts

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      What a great idea! I love this, children definitely need to be encouraged in their creativity. Blessed.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      Blessed on my "I love that word" squidangel quest. The word I chose was drawing. I am always looking for ideas to get my kids involved in drawing, and this book looks great! Thanks for sharing your review!

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      Doodling is self-expanding fun -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      My kid has this book. He used to spend ages in it. It's a great way to get their imaginations firing. Squid angel blessed :-)

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      Delia 7 years ago

      what a fun lens! 5* I love doodling and have most of mine saved for years, some have turned into paintings...will have to look into the book.

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      Great book. I wish I would have had that as a kid, perhaps my artistic skills would be much better today! But hey, not to late to get the grandkids started. Thanks!

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      I love the sound of this book! Lensrolled to Melted Doodles

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      Superwife 7 years ago

      what a cool book! I like to doodle and color, so do my kids, this is perfect for us.