This review is by Sandra Strait and appeared on her blog, Life Imitates Doodles
Before I start with the review, I want to show you what I won from Sandy Bartholomew's recent Minion! contest (check out her ZT for Kidz blog to see all the fabulous entries).
I won a copy of the Zentangle for Kidz book; a packet of tangle trading cards with the patterns CUdad, Btl Joos, Stubert, Pollen & Punch; 5 official zentangle tiles in cool case; a bookmark, and a lovely little zentangle button! Life is Good!!!! Thank you Sandy for a really cool and fun contest, and for the fabulous prizes!
And now on with the review.
Zentangle for Kidz!
Zentangle for Kidz is slanted toward the younger generations, but would also be excellent for those adults who are really, really convinced they will melt if they ever pick up a pencil (you've all met someone like that!). The emphasis is on having fun.
The style is all Sandy's. If you've seen either of her other books, you'd instantly know this one is hers. But this one has the addition of Alex and Lilah-cartoon characters who guide you through the process of tangling, making you laugh along the way. Lilah Beans abound!
Most of the tangles can be found in her other two books, though I didn't recognize the tangles Dyon, Yo, Snare, Jelly or Jelly Moon. But the templates of a tangle trading card and tags that can be copied and used for organizing your tangles are all new. This would be a great book for a newbie, or your kids or just because you want to have fun!
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 20 pages, including covers
Portability: Easily carried, but too big for most purses. Perfect for folders.
What's Inside: Stuff you need; How to Draw a Zentangle; Let's Tangle; Snakes & Borders; Easy Zendalas; Auras; Messing around with Tangles; Strings; Where to find patterns; Templates for organizing patterns; More Ideas.
The Tangles: Knightsbridge; Lilah Bean; Keeko; Florz; Buttercup; Kaleido; Cootie; Pane; Hollibaugh; Krust;
Parabox; BB; Jetties; Puff-O; Gewgle; Punkin; Botto; Flutter; FlutterBi; Onamato; Meer; Shattuck; Knase; Zander;
Squid; Sippy; Msst; Btl Joos; Yo; Twist; Pearlz; Dyon; Gust; Caral; Awdry; Snare; Flux; Pingline; Crescent Moon;
Alps; Jelly; Jelly Moon; Zazzle; Tidal; Revel; Oshun; Mehndi Zendala
This review appeared on Tangle.Patterns.com by Linda Farmer
Zentangle for Kidz! is CZT® Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s latest Zentangle® book. Using a comic book style, written and illustrated by Sandy, Sandy helps kids discover how to draw “cool stuff”.
Cute cartoon characters, named Alex and Lilah after Sandy’s own children, guide kids through the easy steps of creating a Zentangle®, and patterned drawings that requires nothing more than a pencil, pen, paper. Zentangle for Kidz! is full of colorful kid-friendly illustrations that kids will find fun to follow and explore their own imaginations through drawing.
For those curious about the tangle patterns, by my count there are 47 tangles of which 17 are official Zentangle® patterns (including the first appearance of instructions for Dyon) and the rest are from Sandy’s previous books, Totally Tangled, and Yoga for Your Brain.
Sandy illustrates the steps for each tangle and uses tips and a variety of cartoon characters to help children make their way through the instructions. She gives tips on shading, adding auras, using shapes and letters for strings, and drawing basic zendalas.
Unlike Sandy’s two most recent books, Zentangle for Kidz! is the larger Zentangle-series (by Suzanne McNeill) physical dimension of 8.5 x 11-inches, and contains 20 pages including covers.
“Speaking in language all kids can understand and will appreciate, this new book provides everything your child needs to try their hand at drawing, while keeping it fun, easy and stress-free.”
Zentangle for Kidz! makes a great gift for any young child and might just spark a generation of contented tanglers. What could be wrong with that?