Teenage girls have known the benefits of journaling for a very long time. Teenage boys, on the other hand, do not typically turn to a diary but would still benefit from finding a way to express themselves. Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw by Bill Zimmerman is designed for boys ages 9-13. It is a do-it-yourself comic book that can spark creativity while encouraging them to think about themes in their lives such as family, friends, school, health and the future.
There are various activities within the book, some that encourage boys to complete the dialogue to an illustration, others encourage boys to draw. The possibilities for the comics are endless and they can be used as a way to entertain or a way to address serious issues in their life.
- Graphic-novel-style illustrations
- Fun drawing and writing activities that can engage for hours
- Exercises and prompts that encourage guys to explore thoughts and attitudes
- Chronicling of tween years that can become a treasured keepsake
- Website extension pointing the way to interactive online resources
Review: The concept of the book, in my opinion is brilliant. Some of the activities are just plain fun such as asking for dialogue about alien invasions. Other are much more thought provoking and therapeutic such as write lyrics to a song about being sorry. My son is 7 and I really did not think he would be interested in this book, but I asked him to look at it anyway and let me know what he thought. I was totally shocked when he became very excited about the book. He spent time looking through it before decided to do an occasional activity. Some of it was a little to old for him, but he still really liked the book. He was even more excited when I told him that he could keep the contents private if he chose. The idea of having his own private book was very exciting to him. I have kept my promise and not looked at what he has completed in his book. He and I both give this book a thumbs up!
Gift Giving Guide: This book is intended for tween boys ages 9-13. My 7 year old son enjoyed it, though I do not think that it would be appropriate for children under the age of 7 due to reading and writing requirements.
Buy it here: Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw from bookstores and on Amazon. The book retails for $9.99.
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