Taro Gomi is a Japanese illustrator and writer, he has published over 400 books, including stories like Everybody Poops and his series of Doodle books. The Doodle Book 2 is the follow up of The Doodle Book, and has over 300 pages of black and white illustrations, activities, and pages designed to delight your imagination.
The tagline is "draw! colour! create!", and that's exactly what you'll do. Every page in the book is different, but each has a prompt to inspire your creativity. On the first page you have to "draw lots of different fruit on the trees", a few pages later, "draw a sign and some goods for each shop... and draw some customers too." Sometimes you're asked to colour things in, other times draw missing objects, and sometimes it's all about imagining something new; like drawing something strange or something weird on an otherwise blank page.
It's raining! draw some raindrops
Other activities include word searches, mazes, and even some maths problems. Amongst all the colouring and creating, the book is also a good teaching tool for young children. It covers emotions, seasons, colours, numbers, patterns, and just about everything else. You can learn something new on each page.
Can you find the route from A to B
Can you work out the answer
The Doodle Book 2 Naturally looks like a book for kids, but that's selling it short. It's really a book for everyone. I got my first one (the original Doodle Book) when I was 15, as a present from my first boyfriend. I still have the book now and every now and again I'll pull it out and doodle. It's great when you're bored, or if you've got a creative block and need something else to set your mind on for a while. It's not the type of book you need to fill out in a rush, you can keep it for years and turn to it whenever the time arises.
Turn the man into Father Christmas
Turn the woman into an old witch
The books are best for slightly older children, who can understand the directions. Children under 5 probably won't get the same benefits from the different activities. They're great books for parents who are sick of activity books plastered with the latest film franchise; they're not selling you anything and they're not gender specific.
Give each animal a horn - the bigger the better
The Doodle Book 2 is basically just a book that everyone can love and enjoy, no matter your age.