But sometimes, the activity book is more a work of art, and this is when you really need to buy two copies. One for the kids and one for yourself. A Wonderful World of Animals is just such a book.
Illustrated by Victor Escandell, this luscious book is a heady mix of kooky illustration of varying style, slipped onto pages brimming with striking typography that will send the Font Fanatic's heart aflutter.
Like the work of Hervé Tullet, Escandell's book is vibrant in its simplicity, with plenty of open space for creating, with lovely prompts and ideas to get creative juices flowing.
From dot-to-dots (but not as you know them) to character creation and imaginative prompts galore, this is think-outside-the-square stuff.
Kids--grab your copy (not Mum's copy!) and sharpen your pencils. Get set for inspiration.
Title: A Wonderful World of Animals: My Doodle Art Book
Author/Illustrator: Victor Escandell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 April 2014
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 2 - 10
Type: Activity Book