Thursday, 30 June 2011

Book review : How To Be The Best Bubble Writer In The World Ever ! - Linda Scott

The kids at school are constantly making me little posters for me to put on the wall, usually saying "Mrs Pasquier's room" or "English class" or illustrating classroom rules like "Don't forget to turn your phone off" or "Put your hand up before talking" (and it always make me smile to see that the ones who make the posters are usually the worst offenders !). But one thing I have noticed is that they all take great pride in their carefully developed individual style of writing, and the other kids are really receptive to it, often commenting on the "cool tags", as if they're in the presence of the world's greatest graffiti artists !

Well, How To Be The Best Bubble Writer In The World Ever ! is the absolutely ideal book for them and anyone who craves to be artistic and creative, either for fun or because they need to make great posters for their business or fund-raising events. Designed for all levels from kids right up to grown-ups, it starts at the most basic level that even a total novice could do and steadily progresses up to some really complex, original and impressive styles of writing. Each new style - there are forty in all, including some really fun ones such as yeti, caveman, space invaders and rainbows - is introduced with a model to copy and also a page to practice on, adapting it as you go to make a totally unique style of your very own if you so wish.

I love the message at the beginning of the book that says that the only rule is that there are no rules - this is all about getting creative and having fun, so it would be a great book to keep by the phone (I'm showing my age here - does anybody actually keep a notepad by the phone any more, in this day and age of mobile phones ?) for idly doodling as you natter to your mates. But for those who are taking this new skill development seriously, possibly as a way of creating eye-catching posters or business cards, you can learn some nifty tricks of the trade, such as 3D lettering, too.

Tweens and teens will love the little projects to cut out and make, such as envelope stickers, friendship notes and greetings cards, and the book really encourages you to progress slowly but surely, on to bigger and better things, exploring your creativity and imagination as you go.

I've had a good look through and will be passing this on to 9-year-old Sophie to while away idle moments during the summer holidays. It's perfect for keeping kids occupied on long journeys too so will be perfect for stashing in the hand luggage when we fly off on holiday. I can guarantee the grown ups will be unable to resist having a quick doodle or two when the kids aren't looking too !

star rating : 4.5/5

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Laurence King (31 May 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1856697614
ISBN-13: 978-1856697613
Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.4 x 1.4 cm
RRP : £8.95 (but only £5.51 on amazon)

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  1. i remember being obsessed with bubble writing when i was at school, and lo and behold so are my 2 older kids.. they would think this book was really cool :)

  2. This book looks great! Just perfect for my neice for the school summer holidays have ordered it through Amazon!

  3. My daughter would love this. She is just getting into Bubble Writing.

  4. I'm just like clareandtribe, I was obssessed with bubble writing when I was a kid, whatever I did had to be in bubble writing, it's funny looking back now!