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Friday, November 12, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Your Life in Comics (CLOSED)

FTC Guidelines require that I disclose that I received a copy of the book at no cost to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions shared within are my own honest opinions. Other opinions may vary. Thanks to Free Spirit Publishing and Bill Zimmerman for providing a copy for a giveaway. 

Product: Your Life in Comics 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw by Bill Zimmerman
Category: Books, Children
Age Range: 9-13
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (October 5, 2010)
Price: $9.99

Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw introduces the world of interactive comic books! Bill Zimmerman (Creator) and Tyler Page (illustrator) have created a book that will inspire creativity through the ability to design and write comics from the prompts provided on each page. The pages include topics that most tween and teen boys are faced with: Goals, heroes, social interactions, bullying, planning for the future, family interactions and much more. These writing prompts allow a child to express their innermost thoughts and attitudes concerning life and life events. Each page offers something new- from completing a comic strip to essay style questions that get the child thinking deeper about how they feel on certain topics. One page asks: You can live in your favorite book.... What book did you choose? Which character are you? How does the story change now that you're in it? 

The book is also internet connected. Many of the pages can be printed by going to the publisher's website. Also on the publishers website are other website extensions from the book and downloadable activities. The author  has additional comic strips and cartoon ideas on his website that can give a child more ideas for their creative endeavors!

Personal Experince: My son filled his book almost to its entirety within a few weeks. He wrote it in almost daily, erasing and fine-tuning each page. My son has always been a big reader, but he usually has difficulty in today's world of buttons, gizmos, lights and sound toys using his imagination. This book prompted him to use his imagination and to think outside the box. It did this and much more! I highly recommend this book for all boys and would love to buy an additional copy for him to complete again in a few years when his maturity level has increased to see how different his thoughts were now compared to later in his life. Would love to see a girl version of this book in the future!!

Where to Purchase: Free Spirit Publishing
Gift Wrap Available: No
Ship Time: 3-5 business days


Entries are now CLOSED. The winner is.....Deborah W! Congratulations!!!


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