Elise Gravel invites the reader in to the world of her little black notebook. In it are creatures and places familiar and imaginary, in a style that embodies quirkiness, whimsy, and humor ... an open-hearted drawing prompt for kids, or adults, who want to draw more.Youth Services Book Review
Welcome to the charming world of cartoonist Elise Gravel's notebook, where her imagination runs wild with creatures of all shapes and sizes
In the outrageously amusing If Found..., Elise Gravel offers readers a sneak peek into her sketchbook, where colorful monsters, imaginary friends, a grumpy things reign supreme. Meet Donald, who sings off-key; Francine, who likes to eat stones; and Marvin, the man with lots of stuff in his beard. Mixing the real with the fantastical, Elise’s drawings exude curiosity, as microbes and mushrooms share the page with speckled pepperpops, gloppers, and floofs.
Filled to the brim with vibrant felt marker illustrations, If Found… is not just an exhibition of Gravel’s work, but a challenge to young artists to keep a daily sketchbook. She reveals her top tips to becoming a successful illustrator–practice! practice! practice!–while empowering young artists to face their fears of making “ugly drawings.” Stop worrying about what makes a drawing good or bad—Elise draws anything and everything and you can too!
Praise for If Found...Please Return to Elise Gravel
If Found… Please Return to Elise Gravel... feels like accidentally uncovering the greatest (and silliest) sketchbook of all.The Hollywood Reporter
An uber creative read with oodles of doodles and a wealth of inspiration for young minds ... Mixed with super hilarious characters and utterly ridiculous stories, we’d expect nothing less from cartoonist and super illustrator Elise Gravel.Picture Books Blogger
...a bright, colorful and quirky paean to drawing, imagination, and creativity.NPR
A rare mix of wackiness and savvy counsel—just right for getting the creative juices flowing.Kirkus Reviews