The mother-son team of Ruth Chorney and Nicolas Chorney have created a charming little story about a boy and his big sister having an imaginative art session in What Did You Draw?. Ruth’s story is fun and shows a brother and sister pair who actually get along in a way that is both realistic and adorable while they draw together. The sister’s drawings are realistic animals, while Danny, her younger brother, depicts his own fantastical, hybrid creations. Even Danny and Sister themselves are depicted in their own art styles, which is really interesting and gives the whole story the feel that the kids are the ones telling it.
The story itself is simple and follows Danny and his sister as they draw various things. Danny’s sister draws different animals for him, and tells him what they are, and then Danny draws his own versions, asking his sister to guess what he has drawn. Almost all of these are silly hybrids of what his sister has just drawn, including a hippopotamoose. Danny and his sister keep drawing until, as happens with most siblings, everything breaks down into a tickle fight before they draw one last picture together — this time portraits of each other.
What Did You Draw? is a great read for any young kids who are artistically inclined, or any siblings who are a few years apart. It shows that even though Danny and his sister have different approaches to what they draw, both have fun doing it, and both enjoy using their imaginations while they’re drawing.
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