Picks and Pans Review: Be a Cartoonist

updated 09/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Almost a textbook example of how a videotape can actively engage a child's imagination, this could be used to teach even a 4-or 5-year-old to draw impressive freehand shapes. Humor cartoonist Alan Silberberg, who has an ingratiating on-camera style, demonstrates how faces and animals can be drawn using letters or numbers as starting points. Children are urged frequently to stop the tape and practice what Silberberg has just shown them. In fact, it will probably take a couple of hours, anyway, to get through the 59-minute tape once. The gratification of seeing their drawing turn into a recognizable face, though, ought to keep young viewers involved. (Mid-Com, $19.95; similar tapes, Be a Magician and Kids in the Kitchen, are also available)

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