Creative Creatures

Imagination and Art Encouragement

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2023
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Author Biography

Creative Creatures was born from many journal painting sessions. Out of that, the adventurous story was developed. I tried to match the the interesting carnivalesque creatures to the process that children could follow. By using language suited for children, I went through my thought process and showed how to recreate the creatures.

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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Children searching for their place in the world of art are usually faced with the dilemma of how to express themselves. They are often made to believe that art should be created or presented in a certain manner. Edgar Degas once said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” The only way children can learn to create beautiful art is by embracing and expressing what they feel. Art does not have to be perfect, nor does it have to be conveyed in a prescribed format. Art is free and that is the beauty of it. If you love creating art, meet the art explorer in Creative Creatures: Imagination and Art Encouragement by Heather Christian Iglesias. Get yourself a copy to learn more about art as the author takes you on an exploration of the process.

Lovers of children's picture books and young art enthusiasts will find Heather Christian Iglesias’ Creative Creatures an enthralling read. Iglesias whisked me away from reality and plunged me into a whole new world of infinite imagination. The colorful and beautiful images in the book impressively depict the different forms art can take. Through this, children are encouraged to see art from many different perspectives, and most importantly, learn how to express their ideas without limiting themselves. The rhyming words and the playful mixing of the different shades of color made the reading experience fun. I found this to be an ingenious way of inspiring creativity in young art lovers. The choice of words will also enrich your child’s vocabulary.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Imagine being free to do as you please, to create art or a story at a whim and with bright and vivid imaginative powers. Creativity is the heart of imagination and the power to control one’s sense of place and being. As Heather Christian Iglesias writes in Creative Creatures: Imagination and Art Encouragement, “I’m on an art journey, so wild and free.” There are no limits to what you can create and there is power behind words and images, and creating them. Using recycled paper and miscellaneous items, it’s possible to generate just about anything. With everything you create, there is a story to tell.

Heather Christian Iglesias’s picture book Creative Creatures inspires young readers to be imaginative, both in storytelling and the production of visual art. Told in rhyming verse, with various types, sizes, and colors of font, and bold, beautiful illustrations, this story is certain to attract those with a spark of imagination just waiting to be unleashed. The important message is to allow your creativity to take flight and remember that there is no such thing as flawless art. We are all imperfect, but we’re also beautiful just the way we are. Join the journey toward creating perfectly imperfect possibilities and allow your imagination to lead the way. The author introduces different ways of creating art, drawing, coloring, painting, collage, and most significant, using recycled materials. This book is ideal for homeschooling, public and private schools, as well as any library or home space to spark creativity in all young minds. Imagination is the key. It doesn’t matter what means we use to express ourselves, as long as the mind is let loose.

Pikasho Deka

Join Heather Christian Iglesias on an exciting creative adventure with Creative Creatures. This wonderful children's picture book takes you on a journey full of extraordinary creatures whose eccentric looks and quirky personalities are bound to take you by surprise, inspiring you to take the paintbrush and attempt to bring your vision to life. You will discover many different art mediums, including collage art, art created from paste, recycled papers, newsprints, and more. You will also see some cool illustrations of unique creatures, such as carnival clowns wandering in wildflowers and playgrounds, learn the use of the colors black and pink, and use basic shapes to draw acrobats, aviator goggles, unique hats, and other objects that you desire. So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy and begin your art adventure today.

Young kids are always encouraged to draw illustrations of animals, fruits, and other artwork with evenly proportioned outlines and specific instructions. This often leads to a lack of interest in the art medium, as children are most likely to thrive when encouraged to use their imaginations and have the freedom to unleash their creative potential. Creative Creatures is a book to inspire kids to help them discover the joy of drawing and creating art. Author Heather Christian Iglesias uses some catchy rhyming verses and striking illustrations to help children find the magic in illustrative endeavors and all their various forms. I think this book should be a must-have in elementary schools and children's libraries—recommended to children, parents, and teachers alike!

Philip Van Heusen

Creativity in young children is often stifled by formal education. Heather Christian Iglesias wants to encourage creativity through her book Creative Creatures: Imagination and Art Encouragement. Creative minds can use all sorts of materials to create masterpieces. A great way to recycle old newspapers is to make art out of them. A child can be creative and use various media types in one creative piece. What better way for children to learn their shapes than by being creative? Providing paints, paper, scissors, glue, and paintbrushes will encourage your child's creative genius. A child's creative journey can take them to places they have never been and even places that don't exist. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to be creative.

Heather Christian Iglesias has written Creative Creatures to help children understand how important their creativity is. Parents will appreciate the need to encourage their children's creativity when they know that studies have shown creative minds do better in school. Freestyle creativity is essential. Not only should children be inspired to create physical art, but they also need to be encouraged to create stories. Have your child tell you stories about the artwork they have created. Thinking outside the box will help your child in the future as they have to figure out how to navigate life. Heather writes in rhyming couplets that your child can identify with. Heather also does her own illustrating, which shows her creative nature. I recommend this book and parenting that encourages creativity.

Rosie Malezer

Creative Creatures is an incredible book by Heather Christian Iglesias, filled with cleverly illustrated rhymes. This incredible collection of art has been brought to life as the writer uses different mediums to create graphics that encourage her to express herself. The materials used range from recycled newspapers and copies of book pages to imaginative prints from advertisements. Each graphic forms a beautiful collage of nature, people, and the amazing world around us, including day and night skies. The colors have been combined and blended, creating a new artistic world for the reader. It is fun to determine which books have been used throughout, although some writing is very well hidden on the pages. The shapes also are very well positioned, leading the reader to linger and try to find out if they had missed something at first glance.

Although I am deaf, the musical notes embedded within the graphics seemed to sing to me as I read each page. From angel wings to sad faces, the flowers surrounding the girl try to paint the world into a happier place than it often seems to be. Creative Creatures: Imagination and Art Encouragement is so beautifully brought to life by Heather Christian Iglesias, and I applaud the wonderful book filled with such color, life, laughter, and love. I recommend this to readers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The mind is a creative thing that needs to be tapped to release the imagination within. Great job!