cover image Doodle Cook

Doodle Cook

Hervé Tullet. Phaidon, $14.95 paper (48p) ISBN 978-0-7148-6227-9

Readers who enjoy a structured approach to making art should feel at home with Tullet’s (Press Here) oversize collection of art “recipes.” With directions on the left-hand pages and empty plates on the right, the idea is to load up the plates with delicacies like “Scribble Delight,” “Zigzag Soup,” and “Thousand-Layer Cake.” The recipe for “Beautifully Shaped Kebabs,” for instance, instructs children to stack various shapes on four “nice and straight” lines, and then “garnish the kebabs with colors or patterns.” Mostly printed in b&w with a few neon-colored spreads, it’s an engaging activity book that smartly parallels the creativity involved in making both food and art. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)