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Scribble, stick, doodle, draw and design with these beautiful and artistic books, perfect for creative minds that love getting crafty.
V&A Fashion Mash-Up
Have you got a fashionista in the family? This gorgeous book features six press-out models for your junior designer to dress, using highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection. They can mix and match styles from different periods to create original looks. The book includes 250 stickers and 75 pieces of clothing, as well as style tips and fun historical facts and trivia.
V&A: The Very Arty Box
A box brimming with creative ideas, The Very Arty Box contains 100 postcards and activity cards to spark the imagination, from make-and-do ideas and creative writing prompts, to colour-in pictures based on pieces from Victoria and Albert Museum and much-loved children’s books. This is interspersed with intriguing titbits on the history of design and fashion so it’s a great springboard for a visit to the V&A or any local design museum.
Doctor Who: The Model-Building Book
This new model-making book will help occupy Whovians who can’t wait for the new season to start. The easy-to-follow instructions show readers how to build their own Tardis as well as models of arch villains – a Dalek and a Cyberman. Fact files and Doctor Who trivia is mixed up with crafting elements to keep the uber-fan interested. Once completed, the pieces can then be pressed out and kept as a keepsake.
Roald Dahl: A Marvellous Colouring Book Adventure
A phizz-whizzing collection of pictures based on Roald Dahl’s delightful stories. Settle your young artist down to colour in 45 famous scenes including James’s giant peach teetering on the tip of the Empire State Building, a glorioumptious sweet shop, the BFG’s dream jars, Charlie’s golden ticket and Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Each illustration has a short description of the book it comes from, so this is a lovely route back to (re) reading the collection. The designs are intricate, so it should keep dedicated drawers busy.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book
The Do-It-Yourself Book is an ingenious way to inspire Wimpy Kid fans to write their own diaries. As well as space for journal-writing, this interactive book gives kids prompts to draw cartoons based on the original Wimpy Kid style. There are also full-colour comic strips, extra character information (exclusive to this book) and some gloriously bad gags to keep Wimpy Kid fans giggling through the New Year.
The Jacqueline Wilson Colouring Book
A colouring-in book dedicated to Jacqueline Wilson’s stories. Perfect for fans who can’t get enough of Tracy Beaker, Hettie Feather and the rest of Wilson’s spirited characters. The intricate designs are based on the original illustrations by Nick Sharratt and are complex enough to keep the most committed young artists absorbed.
Doctor Who: Dot-to-Doc
Let the Doctor Who fan in your family pore over these detailed dot-to-dot images and bring pictures of their favourite characters to life. The book contains 45 portraits – including all twelve doctors, his best-loved companions, and even his most sinister enemies. Each picture is made up of at least 500 tiny dots so once your junior artist is settled with a pencil and rubber (and maybe a magnifying glass!), they will be entertained for hours.
Emoji: Official Sticker Book
Which Emoji are you? This book is perfect for a digital diva. As well as 1000 hilarious stickers, there are chances to get creative by designing original emoji-inspired images, and fun ideas for composing and translating secret messages composed purely from emojis.
Adventure Time: Dude-It-Yourself Adventure Journal
The ideal gift for fans of the cartoon series, this book sparks creativity and inspires reading, writing and thinking with puzzles, quizzes, and interactive journal pages. Readers accompany Finn and Jake on their adventures through the Land of Ooo and are encouraged to log their encounters with the country’s magical and bizarre inhabitants.
How to Draw The World of Jacqueline Wilson
Give your budding artist the gift of direct tuition from award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt! There are step-by-step guides to drawing people and scenes from Jacqueline Wilson’s popular books. As well as learning to draw familiar characters such as the inimitable Tracy Beaker, there are tips and tricks for drawing animals, clothes, food, shops and even space monsters.