Book Review: Stick Sketch School: An Animal Artventure by Billy Attinge

Stick Sketch School: An Animal Artventure by Billy Attinger is an "artventure" around the world that can help readers learn to draw stick animals in the jungle, the Arctic, the rainforest, the Outback, underwater, and more! You'll even learn how to draw extinct animals and fantasy animals in stick form. Each spread features a grid to show the reader how to draw the lines, how to add movement, expression, and more. Ideal for the visual learner and accompanied by tips and tricks from stick artist Billy Attinger, the book shows how to make your stick animals personal, recognizable, and unique!
Stick Sketch School: An Animal Artventure offers the instructions to draw a variety of cute animals from around the world, and from mythology or the past. I liked the little stories that go along with each set of instructions, they add an extra layer and fun and interest to the book. There are ten chapters, dividing the animals up by type; such as furry, scaly, helpful, birds, slimy, dangerous, extinct, or fantasy (among others). As someone that has always been a doodler, but lacking serious art skills or methods, this book was a fun and entertaining way to increase some of my abilities. I like the spaces that were included for practicing and testing the new skills. Also,  while the book is accessible to all ages, there are little jokes sprinkled through it that are clearly aimed at adults- like the mention of the Wheel of Morality from Animaniacs. You get everything you might hope for based on the cover and title, and some extra fun for the trouble.

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