Reviews for Heroes! : Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks & Other Do-gooders


Booklist Reviews 2007 December #1
Kids are consumed with superheroes, and award-winning cartoonist Stephens shows kids just how to draw them. True, there are no trademarked Superman or Fantastic Four here, but the generic versions will work equally well for the novice artist. Stephens does a good job organizing his material, beginning with a bit of history, then moving quickly to hero heads ("Tough action heroes are often drawn with a large, square jaw"), and on to masks, disguises, physical features, power effects, and action moves. The brightly colored illustrations offer plenty of how-to info and lots of great heroes, male and female, to use as models. A companion book, Monsters! (2007),invites children to move on to drawing "mutants, freaks, and creeps." Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Stephens offers guidance for imagining then drawing heroes and monsters. Starting with simple lines and shapes, he demonstrates how to build human, animal, or imaginary figures (though the pages' busyness make the actual directions hard to follow). Stephens also offers historical tidbits and shows how costumes, face and body shapes, and colors will influence how drawn creatures are perceived. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]Heroes![cf1] and [cf2]Monsters![cf1]] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Stephens offers guidance for imagining then drawing heroes and monsters. Starting with simple lines and shapes, he demonstrates how to build human, animal, or imaginary figures (though the pages' busyness make the actual directions hard to follow). Stephens also offers historical tidbits and shows how costumes, face and body shapes, and colors will influence how drawn creatures are perceived. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]Heroes![cf1] and [cf2]Monsters![cf1]] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

Gr 4-6--Heroes! is full of ideas for crime-fighter costumes, mask expressions, and stances. In Monsters! , the subjects include hideous heads and bizarre bodies, and children learn how to create texture and add color. Neither book takes the step-by-step approach; the emphasis is more on using one's imagination based on the ideas presented. Both titles are most appropriate for children who have mastered the basic steps and are ready to add color, details, expression, and action. The illustrations are simple and bright, and the artist has made good use of white backgrounds to help them pop out. Text is more caption than straight narrative. Good choices for young artists who have gone beyond Lee J. Ames's "Draw 50" series (Broadway) and Freddie Levin's "1-2-3-Draw" series (Peel).--Judy Chichinski, Skyline Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

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