Book Review: Doodletopia: Manga, by Christopher Hart

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to draw cute manga or anime style characters, Doodletopia:Manga by Christopher Hart is a great book to start with. More of a fun activity book than a serious instruction manual, it provides plenty of space and inspiration for would-be artists to hone their manga-drawing skills. The drawing activities are simple and fun, and teach skills that can easily be transferred from the demonstrated pictures to original creations. A brief description of the characters and scenes explain how details and styles convey information such as the characters’ emotions and personalities. The emphasis is on chibis and other super-cute characters.

Fans of manga and anime will enjoy working through this fun, adorable drawing book. It would probably appeal most strongly to children and teens in the 10-14 age group, although it could certainly be fun for older teens and adults as well. It is probably not a good selection choice for libraries, because it invites readers to draw on the pages and to cut things out. Would make a nice gift for someone who enjoys manga and drawing. Recommended for beginning or intermediate artists.

I received this book through the Blogging for Books program at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


Summer Sunflowers



Sunflower Macro 1

Summer seems to be passing quickly. The garden is doing well, flowers and veggies flourishing. I forget what kind of sunflowers I planted, but their leaves are fuzzy and dark green, and the flowers are 5″ to 8″ across.


Sunflower Macro 2