Books

Cartoon Thinking was written for the teacher (or parent) who "can't draw" but sees the value of cartoons

Cartoon Thinking was written for the teacher (or parent) who “can’t draw” but sees the value of cartoons and is a tool for them to teach cartooning (of course, students can also teach themselves). Students love cartoons and they are a wonderful teaching tool. If a student can cartoon a concept whether that be in social studies, science, biology, math, or whatever then that student understands the concept. Cartoons are a concise expression of a complex idea. They include stereotypes that encompass a vast amount of information and communicate in an “emotional” manner that helps the memory retain information.

This book is laid out as nine lessons plans with illustrations that can be reproduced and shown to the class so the teacher won’t have to draw. There are homework assignments and fun projects along with some history of cartoons…even some cartoons from countries around the world. There are 124 pages which cover the basics of cartooning…eyes, ears, noses, perspective, textures, emotions and more with assessment tools.

Cartoon Thinking makes a great addition to the arsenal of materials a teacher or parent needs. It is recommended for grades six and up. Price is $20 plus $5 shipping while supplies last...it is a limited edition.

June Concert

June Concert is a poem for children written by Donna Laughlin with my illustrations. This is a small fun book for the young and young at heart. Price is $15 plus $5 shipping. It is comb bound and has eight pages.

The Thinking Tree

"The Andersons hadn't expected havoc to break out when they moved but, nevertheless, near riot had developed."

Ever had to move with children involved? Well, this is the story of Sally, Sarah, Susan and Benjamin James Anderson (B.J.the little brother). It seems that everyone in the family is getting used to the idea of a major move except B.J.  But where is B.J.? This is the fun story of a family looking for their "lost" son/brother. Pretty soon most of the neighborhood and the sheriff's department are involved. But is B.J. really "lost"? Maybe he just wants to think about this moving stuff. Delving into the pros and cons of moving this short story helps a child, and parents of that child, work through those pros and cons. It is a fun story that will be enjoyed by parents and children. It is comprised of 33 pages with full illustrations in a comb bound book. 

In The Land of Betwixed and Between

This lovely little poem is all about the magic of the land where the fairies are known to dance and fly away while sprinkling magic dust over the sleeping children. It can be purchased as a series of pages in a small booklet, a series of canvases (one for each page), or all on one vertical canvas. It is sure to delight the hearts of children and adults (with the heart of a child) alike. 

Jeb and Fred

This delightful poem is about Jeb and Fred who are two farm dogs...guard dogs I should say. They protect Mr. Oldaker's farm. But that is not all they do around the farm. They hunt for dangerous beings, they search for stray horses, they protect the helpless on the farm, and they take it easy sometimes. This poem is in a five page illustrated comb bound booklet form. Jeb and Fred are wonderful characters and will warm the hearts of you and your young children many times over. 

Baby Jay's First Easter

This fully color illustrated story is about a young child, Baby Jay, and the adventures of the Easter Bunny. Apparently, the Easter Bunny has delivered all the Easter eggs this year but has lost the Magical Easter Egg. Baby Jay has lost his friend Sheep and thinks that maybe he can assist the Easter Bunny look for the Magical Easter Egg while searching for his friend. The search takes Baby Jay over hill and dale and creek where he meets many new friends in his quest. Will Baby Jay save Easter by finding the Magical Easter Egg and his friend? This 26 page booklet is comb bound and will bring joy to you and your young child for many years. Don't worry it has a happy ending.

Jack's Daddy's Poem

Illustrations by Dan Holt

Long, Long Ago When I Was a Dinosaur...

A fun short poem with full illustrations that portray the wild imagination of a little boy. Playing with Mom in the backyard they share the fun. Short comb bound  booklet style with black and white illustrations. You will enjoy reading this to your young child/grandchild many times over.