A lot of people ask me how I find any time during the day to get stuff done without turning on the television. Luckily the kid LOVES to draw independently so I spend about $6 a week on books of newsprint sketch paper (we buy one of those 18x24 pads at Utrechts after every trip to the art museum). This past week we visited the new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and we bought one of these Taro Gomi coloring/sketch books published by Chronicle Books in the gift shop and the kid really loves it. Gomi, of course, is the Japanese author/illustrator of Everybody Poops, and this book is full of hundreds of outline drawings not unlike those in My Friends or Bus Stops and his other books. I like them because while a little more formal than a blank page, they let the one holding the crayon use a lot more imagination than a traditional coloring book.

There are several other editions of these Gomi coloring/sketch books (I've ordered them all). One of them we keep in a bag that we bring to restaurants to keep her occupied while we try to prevent the other one from destroying the place.

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