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Activity Book for Kids: Find the Cutes – Playtime
Children are creative and have a huge imagination. In today’s society, despite all the technology and opportunities, the greatest happiness is often found in the home. Children give families that extra enthusiastic energy. “Find the Cutes – Playtime” is based on that concept. It sparks the imagination, stimulates dialogue without words, educates, entertains, and inspires. It has 12 search pages with a total of 4,785 characters, a story line and answer pages.
Meet The Artist: Vincent Noot
As a child, I was much intrigued by search books. I spent hours looking for the right characters and objects on every page. But I discovered there weren’t many different ones out there. Over the years, I developed a unique cartoon style that I was able to use for several companies and assignments. Together with my ideas and the concept of a search book, my wife and I came up with a search book and a fun family as the main characters.
Meet The Cutes
The Cutes are a family. Their last name is “Cute” and all the kids’ names start with a “C”: Carissa, Chaz, Cade, Cammy, and Cindy. The story is based on the “second-mom” phenomenon: As the oldest daughter you might get to babysit your younger siblings a lot. That’s how it sometimes works in bigger families. In every illustration I tried to show the Cutes’ innocence and playfulness.
How did you come up with the pages?
Children can be very silly. So I think of what they’d do with a balloon, like rubbing it over their hair, letting it go into the air, binding it to their ears, popping it, etc. Each page took almost 100 hours to sketch, draw, color on the computer, etc. Every person is hand-drawn and colored in Photoshop. My wife, Celestial, did most of the storytelling. The whole book took a year to finish. Some drawings are based on real events. Sometimes something funny that happened in our lives, comes back in the drawings.
Who should read the book?
Children ages 3 and up. Adults could enjoy it too. With 12 pages of things to search for, kids could be entertained for hours. Not only are we going to make a book, but we are planning on making it a tablet game for the ipad, kindle, and other devices, depending on cost effectiveness. That will be a stretch goal if we make it.
For more information on The Cutes, go to http://findthecutes.com