Thats the opinion of illustrator Dave Devries, who has worked with kids to turn their monster scribbles into detailed paintings for his new book, The Monster Engine (MWH Press).
Devries says having kids draw their boogie men is essential in helping them deal with their fears, and more often than not, its the adults who end up looking at the picture and saying, This is scary.
He explains, Kids have two reactions to monsters. They draw a funny monster like on Sesame Street or they draw a scary one in full detail. Theyre diffusing the monsters by making them funny or facing them. Either way, theyre making it theirs.
Not only that, Devries says kids pictures are the best for book illustrations, which is why hes accepting doodle entries on his website themonsterengine.com to help him create characters for a follow-up storybook.
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