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Book Title: I Gotta Draw|
The author of the book: Bruce Degen
Date of issue: June 5th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780060284176
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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3.5 stars - good!
I really liked this book, but... (It's a huge "but;" I explain it towards the end of this review.)
The story was very good and the artwork was fantastic! Charlie Muttnik is a neat pup who has a passion for drawing. He draws everything, everywhere, on everything...including on his homework! His teacher is less than thrilled, but I was very glad she recognized that Charlie had smarts, they just showed themselves in different ways from the rest of the class. I was very happy that she then chose a new method of learning for Charlie: she let him incorporate drawing into his schoolwork. :)
Charlie's grades promptly improved greatly and he even won a blue ribbon at an art show of his class's artwork. :)
I was very happy at the outcome of the story: Charlie happy and getting good grades as he was able to express himself in his own way, and his teacher exploring new teaching/learning methods to help all the children she teaches succeed.
But... The reason I'm not rating this story higher is because I'm not sure of its suitability for children. I think it's great that Charlie was able to get good grades because he had a teacher who was willing to explore a different learning method. However, I also think this may be setting up children who read this story for disappointment. What if a child is like Charlie but has a teacher who is not willing to explore non-standard teaching methods?
Is this just my cynicism showing itself? Do others feel the same? I don't know; I can only share my own opinions and viewpoints. If I had a child who was like Charlie, I just know I wouldn't get this book for them unless and/or until they had a teacher like Charlie. (I would do everything in my power to have my child's teacher be like Charlie's.) Kids express themselves more freely than adults do, and I can just imagine the trouble a child would get into by saying, "Why can't you be like Charlie's teacher? She understood and let him do things his way!"
I should say that I do not have children, nor will I ever have children (human children, that is; my dog/s is/will be my kid/s). Perhaps the reasons I don't like this book would float right over the heads of kids who read this book? Again, I don't know.
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Read information about the authorBruce Degen is a children's literature author and illustrator, with over forty books to his credit.
He is probably best known as the illustrator of The Magic School Bus series of books, by Joanna Cole. He has collaborated with Nancy White Charstrom on the popular Jesse Bear books, and the Caldecott Medal winning Commander Toad series by Jane Yolen. Degen has authored Jamberry, Daddy Is a Doodlebug, and Shirley's Wonderful Baby.
He was encouraged by an elementary school teacher to become an illustrator, and pursue his primary love for art found in children’s books. Humor is one of his key values, as expressed by a quote comparing children's illustration to traditional fine arts: "You don't see many people walking around a gallery are chuckling. And I realized that I wanted a chuckle."
His career has included such diverse activities as advertising design, teaching art to students, teaching children's book illustration to adults, painting scenery for opera productions, and running a lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen currently lives in Connecticut.
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