Charlie O’Shields latest is ‘One Little Mouse’, a Draw Upon a Time interactive storybook.
It isn’t the average activity book, and it isn’t the average storybook. It’s a unique blending of the two.
The illustrations are lively and colorful, a blend of hand-drawn and digital work.
The story is written in rhyme, and it’s about a frightened little mouse who asks for help to find his way home. The interactive element comes as the mouse finds things along the way. The reader is asked to decide what each item is, and to draw it.
The paper will handle pencil, pen, crayon and most similar media. Marker might go through to the back. There is a place at the front of the book to test out your drawing tool to make sure it won’t.
I used gel pen to draw a loganberry in the example above.
This book is a fun way to encourage a child (of any age) to use their imagination, while relaxing and having fun drawing.