{"id":1934458369,"title":"Ralph Masiello's Robot Drawing Book","handle":"ralph-masiellos-robot-drawing-book","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWritten \u0026amp; Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/ralph-masiello\" title=\"Ralph Masiello bio\"\u003eRalph Masiello\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf you can draw a square, a circle, and a rectangle . . . you can draw a robot!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIllustrator Ralph Masiello shows young artists how to use simple shapes and lines to draw a basic bot. Then it's off to the warehouse for spare parts like dials, switches, and antennae to make your design one of a kind. Bonus challenge steps show you how to add claws, armor, and other fantastic features.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWill your robot clean your room? Play baseball? Bake cupcakes? Moonwalk? Do the hokey pokey and turn itself around? If you can dream it, you can draw it!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIf you like this book, view the entire series:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/collections\/ralph-masiellos-drawing-books\" title=\"Ralph Masiello's Drawing Books\"\u003eRalph Masiello's Drawing Books\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ralph-masiellos-robot-drawing-spread.jpg?16864678627224497820\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRalph Masiello, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRalph Masiello—affectionately known as 'The Icky Bug Man'—has illustrated several children's books including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book, and The Flag We Love. His oil paintings are remarkably rich and realistic and bring to life the subjects of his books—be they bugs, flags, dinosaurs, or well-hidden messages and secret drawings.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/ralph-masiello\" title=\"Ralph Masiello bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Ralph.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs with previous titles in this series, Masiello offers budding artists a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw kid-friendly subjects—this time, robots. After beginning with a basic \"Simplibot,\" made up of rectangles, squares, and circles, the robots build in complexity, with additions like electrical outlets, keyholes, and antennae, all meticulously labeled in a \"Spare Parts Warehouse.\" The \"upgraded\" robots, colored in various media and paired with a simple phrase or verse, include \"Sparky Springbot,\" with pincers and slinkylike legs, and \"Bakerbot,\" who has a small oven for chest. Masiello's recipe is light and appealing, offering just the right amount of guidance.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello elegantly and joyfully taps into a thankfully enduring artistic tradition: the step-by-step technique that walks readers by hand through the creation of an image on paper.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJust as he has done previously for dinosaurs, dragons and bugs (\u003ci\u003eRalph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book\u003c\/i\u003e, 2007, etc.), here he guides young artists in the creation of robots—“ ’bots,” in the vernacular, as in “Squarehead Thinbot,” “Sparky Springbot” and “Zoidbot.” The artist starts by introducing readers to lines and shapes—nothing is taken for granted—from which can be drawn an elemental robot. He then provides a serious handful of “spare parts,” which can be used to add detail to readers’ creations. The spare-part section is good for sparking the imagination, but the best sparks are thrown by the finished products, which are cool in their radical colors and otherworldliness but not daunting (even if readers are not likely to attain his level of gradients and shadings). Robots are by nature somewhat scary, with their dead, sharklike eyes and sharp edges, and Masiello keeps that spooky quality. But he also knows how to invest them with humor: witness the “Bakerbot,” with a muffin cooking in its belly.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrainstorming—a book that ought to launch a thousand robots.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eBooklist\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello encourages readers to follow his lead in drawing the “hulking, clumsy” robots that fascinated him as a child. The book’s opening pages show basic shapes and lines as well as a “Spare Parts Warehouse” indicating how to a draw a number of “robot upgrades” such as switches and gauges. Many kids will go directly to the 10 colorful robots featured, choosing one to draw and following the step-by-step directions for re-creating designs such as “Zoidbot” and “Walking TinCanBot.” The excellent appended “Resources” page recommends robot-themed books and websites. A fun addition to the Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Book series.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello begins with a discussion of how to use circles, squares, and other basic forms to draw robot parts like switches, plugs, and antennae. He includes a brief discussion of drawing and coloring tools and shows young artists how to draw eight different robots, such as the \"Bakerbot,\" \"Ovalbot,\" and \"Bellybot.\" The robots are shown in progressive steps of completion opposite a full-page illustration of the finished product, fully colored, and with a short, lighthearted caption. Sidebars with suggestions for more advanced embellishments appear on some pages. The instructions are simple enough for primary-grade students to have success without adult assistance. Masiello's creations are humorous, old-fashioned, and two dimensional. Artists who are looking for the more sophisticated, warrior-type robots will need to look elsewhere; there are no swords or laser guns here. Children interested in the friendly, playmate kind of robot will enjoy Masiello's offering.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eBayViews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello gets it right again in the sixth book in his series of step-by-step drawing books—this one has several robot characters and variations. As usual, these are not explorations in drawing as a higher art form; Masiello’s method is to get everyone on the same page by having them copy his illustrations, then elaborate on them using his suggestions, and then find their own ways to use the characters that develop. Beginning and less-confident artists needing progressive instruction and lots of encouragement, will find this book appealing, exciting, and manageable. 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Then it's off to the warehouse for spare parts like dials, switches, and antennae to make your design one of a kind. Bonus challenge steps show you how to add claws, armor, and other fantastic features.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWill your robot clean your room? Play baseball? Bake cupcakes? Moonwalk? Do the hokey pokey and turn itself around? If you can dream it, you can draw it!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIf you like this book, view the entire series:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/collections\/ralph-masiellos-drawing-books\" title=\"Ralph Masiello's Drawing Books\"\u003eRalph Masiello's Drawing Books\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ralph-masiellos-robot-drawing-spread.jpg?16864678627224497820\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRalph Masiello, author \u0026amp; illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRalph Masiello—affectionately known as 'The Icky Bug Man'—has illustrated several children's books including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book, and The Flag We Love. His oil paintings are remarkably rich and realistic and bring to life the subjects of his books—be they bugs, flags, dinosaurs, or well-hidden messages and secret drawings.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/ralph-masiello\" title=\"Ralph Masiello bio\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Ralph.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs with previous titles in this series, Masiello offers budding artists a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw kid-friendly subjects—this time, robots. After beginning with a basic \"Simplibot,\" made up of rectangles, squares, and circles, the robots build in complexity, with additions like electrical outlets, keyholes, and antennae, all meticulously labeled in a \"Spare Parts Warehouse.\" The \"upgraded\" robots, colored in various media and paired with a simple phrase or verse, include \"Sparky Springbot,\" with pincers and slinkylike legs, and \"Bakerbot,\" who has a small oven for chest. Masiello's recipe is light and appealing, offering just the right amount of guidance.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello elegantly and joyfully taps into a thankfully enduring artistic tradition: the step-by-step technique that walks readers by hand through the creation of an image on paper.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJust as he has done previously for dinosaurs, dragons and bugs (\u003ci\u003eRalph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book\u003c\/i\u003e, 2007, etc.), here he guides young artists in the creation of robots—“ ’bots,” in the vernacular, as in “Squarehead Thinbot,” “Sparky Springbot” and “Zoidbot.” The artist starts by introducing readers to lines and shapes—nothing is taken for granted—from which can be drawn an elemental robot. He then provides a serious handful of “spare parts,” which can be used to add detail to readers’ creations. The spare-part section is good for sparking the imagination, but the best sparks are thrown by the finished products, which are cool in their radical colors and otherworldliness but not daunting (even if readers are not likely to attain his level of gradients and shadings). Robots are by nature somewhat scary, with their dead, sharklike eyes and sharp edges, and Masiello keeps that spooky quality. But he also knows how to invest them with humor: witness the “Bakerbot,” with a muffin cooking in its belly.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrainstorming—a book that ought to launch a thousand robots.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eBooklist\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello encourages readers to follow his lead in drawing the “hulking, clumsy” robots that fascinated him as a child. The book’s opening pages show basic shapes and lines as well as a “Spare Parts Warehouse” indicating how to a draw a number of “robot upgrades” such as switches and gauges. Many kids will go directly to the 10 colorful robots featured, choosing one to draw and following the step-by-step directions for re-creating designs such as “Zoidbot” and “Walking TinCanBot.” The excellent appended “Resources” page recommends robot-themed books and websites. A fun addition to the Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Book series.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello begins with a discussion of how to use circles, squares, and other basic forms to draw robot parts like switches, plugs, and antennae. He includes a brief discussion of drawing and coloring tools and shows young artists how to draw eight different robots, such as the \"Bakerbot,\" \"Ovalbot,\" and \"Bellybot.\" The robots are shown in progressive steps of completion opposite a full-page illustration of the finished product, fully colored, and with a short, lighthearted caption. Sidebars with suggestions for more advanced embellishments appear on some pages. The instructions are simple enough for primary-grade students to have success without adult assistance. Masiello's creations are humorous, old-fashioned, and two dimensional. Artists who are looking for the more sophisticated, warrior-type robots will need to look elsewhere; there are no swords or laser guns here. Children interested in the friendly, playmate kind of robot will enjoy Masiello's offering.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eBayViews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMasiello gets it right again in the sixth book in his series of step-by-step drawing books—this one has several robot characters and variations. As usual, these are not explorations in drawing as a higher art form; Masiello’s method is to get everyone on the same page by having them copy his illustrations, then elaborate on them using his suggestions, and then find their own ways to use the characters that develop. Beginning and less-confident artists needing progressive instruction and lots of encouragement, will find this book appealing, exciting, and manageable. The topic (robots) is of interest to the same age readers that could understand the directions.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ralph-masiellos-robot-drawing-cover_medium.jpg?v=1587997715\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ralph-masiellos-robot-drawing-hires.zip?5792962580068845263\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/ralph-masiellos-robot-drawing-page.pdf?5402448145173238751\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload a Drawing Page\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-535-2\u003cbr\u003e\u003cb\u003ePaperback\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN:978-1-57091-536-9\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book PDF\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-313-4\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 6-9\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e8 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 11\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

Ralph Masiello's Robot Drawing Book

Written & Illustrated by: Ralph Masiello

If you can draw a square, a circle, and a rectangle . . . you can draw a robot!

Illustrator Ralph Masiello shows young artists how to use simple shapes and lines to draw a basic bot. Then it's off to the warehouse for spare parts like dials, switches, and antennae to make your design one of a kind. Bonus challenge steps show you how to add claws, armor, and other fantastic features.

Will your robot clean your room? Play baseball? Bake cupcakes? Moonwalk? Do the hokey pokey and turn itself around? If you can dream it, you can draw it!

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Ralph Masiello, author & illustrator

Ralph Masiello—affectionately known as 'The Icky Bug Man'—has illustrated several children's books including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book, and The Flag We Love. His oil paintings are remarkably rich and realistic and bring to life the subjects of his books—be they bugs, flags, dinosaurs, or well-hidden messages and secret drawings.

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Publishers Weekly

As with previous titles in this series, Masiello offers budding artists a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw kid-friendly subjects—this time, robots. After beginning with a basic "Simplibot," made up of rectangles, squares, and circles, the robots build in complexity, with additions like electrical outlets, keyholes, and antennae, all meticulously labeled in a "Spare Parts Warehouse." The "upgraded" robots, colored in various media and paired with a simple phrase or verse, include "Sparky Springbot," with pincers and slinkylike legs, and "Bakerbot," who has a small oven for chest. Masiello's recipe is light and appealing, offering just the right amount of guidance.

Kirkus Reviews

Masiello elegantly and joyfully taps into a thankfully enduring artistic tradition: the step-by-step technique that walks readers by hand through the creation of an image on paper.

Just as he has done previously for dinosaurs, dragons and bugs (Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book, 2007, etc.), here he guides young artists in the creation of robots—“ ’bots,” in the vernacular, as in “Squarehead Thinbot,” “Sparky Springbot” and “Zoidbot.” The artist starts by introducing readers to lines and shapes—nothing is taken for granted—from which can be drawn an elemental robot. He then provides a serious handful of “spare parts,” which can be used to add detail to readers’ creations. The spare-part section is good for sparking the imagination, but the best sparks are thrown by the finished products, which are cool in their radical colors and otherworldliness but not daunting (even if readers are not likely to attain his level of gradients and shadings). Robots are by nature somewhat scary, with their dead, sharklike eyes and sharp edges, and Masiello keeps that spooky quality. But he also knows how to invest them with humor: witness the “Bakerbot,” with a muffin cooking in its belly.

Brainstorming—a book that ought to launch a thousand robots.

Booklist

Masiello encourages readers to follow his lead in drawing the “hulking, clumsy” robots that fascinated him as a child. The book’s opening pages show basic shapes and lines as well as a “Spare Parts Warehouse” indicating how to a draw a number of “robot upgrades” such as switches and gauges. Many kids will go directly to the 10 colorful robots featured, choosing one to draw and following the step-by-step directions for re-creating designs such as “Zoidbot” and “Walking TinCanBot.” The excellent appended “Resources” page recommends robot-themed books and websites. A fun addition to the Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Book series.

School Library Journal

Masiello begins with a discussion of how to use circles, squares, and other basic forms to draw robot parts like switches, plugs, and antennae. He includes a brief discussion of drawing and coloring tools and shows young artists how to draw eight different robots, such as the "Bakerbot," "Ovalbot," and "Bellybot." The robots are shown in progressive steps of completion opposite a full-page illustration of the finished product, fully colored, and with a short, lighthearted caption. Sidebars with suggestions for more advanced embellishments appear on some pages. The instructions are simple enough for primary-grade students to have success without adult assistance. Masiello's creations are humorous, old-fashioned, and two dimensional. Artists who are looking for the more sophisticated, warrior-type robots will need to look elsewhere; there are no swords or laser guns here. Children interested in the friendly, playmate kind of robot will enjoy Masiello's offering.

BayViews

Masiello gets it right again in the sixth book in his series of step-by-step drawing books—this one has several robot characters and variations. As usual, these are not explorations in drawing as a higher art form; Masiello’s method is to get everyone on the same page by having them copy his illustrations, then elaborate on them using his suggestions, and then find their own ways to use the characters that develop. Beginning and less-confident artists needing progressive instruction and lots of encouragement, will find this book appealing, exciting, and manageable. The topic (robots) is of interest to the same age readers that could understand the directions.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-57091-535-2
Paperback
ISBN:978-1-57091-536-9

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-313-4
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Ages: 6-9
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11