If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel (Enfant, 100 pages, $19.95, ages 6-12)
Gravel’s nutty imagination and humour are vitally apparent in this version of her personal sketchbook. In part she gives tips to artists but mostly, she shows how accessible and fun drawing can be. “In my notebook … I give myself the right to fail, to mess up, to create ugly drawings …” she writes. Then we view pages and pages of vibrantly coloured, wacky creatures, plants, worm slippers and even a fart festival. for those who are just beginning. Good for doodlers, would-be cartoonists and anyone with a fistful of markers and a sense of humour.