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1. Snoopy & Woodstock

I love the site 5 Minute Marvels where dad Tim spends 5 minutes drawing with his kids -- and encourages other parents to give it a shot too.  So we did!  Gracie, Elijah, Evie, and I spent 5 minutes drawing Snoopy and Woodstock together (Gracie is a big Snoopy fan), and we were honored to be featured on 5MM's 400th post.

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2. 5 Year Celebration!

The month of August marks 5 years that I've been archiving a sampling of the Z-Kids' art on Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty!  I estimate that there are over 650 pictures here by now.  It's fun to see how the kids' work has grown and changed over the years.  Long-time visitors might remember that two years ago I posted an open call for folks to create a piece of "Fan Art" based on images in the archives, and the *Result!* was amazing, fun, and such an honor.

Afterward, I received multiple requests to keep the activity ongoing/open ended... or to make it an annual event.  Unfortunately, that would require far too much work on my part, but I did think it would be fun to revisit the celebration again on a couple of other significant anniversaries: CNLT's 5 year and 10 year anniversaries at the very least.  And now the 5 year mark is upon us!

So if this sounds fun to YOU, it's easy to play along!  1. Dip into the blog's archives,  2. Find a favorite picture,  3. Use it as a starting place for your own riff.  Then you can email me the image or send me a link to where I can find it on your own site. (zenzart at hotmail dot com)  I'll dedicate the whole month of August to the challenge, and update this post with new submission every few days.

You could view all this as material for a little morning warm-up sketch, or as fodder for a portfolio update, or as a creative challenge like "Illustration Friday."  Whatever the motivation, I hope you have lots of fun and find yourself as inspired by the kids as I am :)

Let the game begin!

11/30/09 -- by Isaac at age 11

by Nina Crittenden:

12/4/09 -- by Isaac at age 11:

by Dad:

3/8/10 -- by Elijah at age 4:
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3. National Doodle Day

The kids have some art for sale!

National Doodle Day is an annual project in which celebrity doodles are auctioned off in an effort to raise money for a charity.  Past doodlers include people like Jay Leno, Tony Bennett, and Barack Obama.  Proceeds from this year's sales will go to help people suffering from Neurofibromatosis, a disease in which tumors attack the nervous system.

Someone from the National Doodle Day committee saw an article about the Z-Kids in the newspaper, decided that they qualified as celebrities, and sent them an invitation to participate!  So their doodles are for sale alongside folks like Kathryn Bigelow, Jeff Bridges, Eric Carle, Carrot Top, Annette Funicello, Neil Gaiman, Julianne Moore, Peter H. Reynolds, Martin Sheen, and Mo Willems.

Here are the Z-Kids' doodles:

You can click HERE to see 142 participants in this year's auction.
And you can click HERE for the auction (going on now!)
Or you can click HERE to to go straight to the Z-Kid doodles, pick up some original art, AND help out a great charitable cause!

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4. 100 Bookie Woogie Reviews

Today we are celebrating our 100th Book Review over on the Z-Kids' other blog Bookie Woogie!  Since November 2008, the kids and I have weekly been sharing our favorite children's books, interviewing our favorite authors, and creating lots and lots and LOTS of Fan Art.

If you've enjoyed the kids' art here on Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty, I encourage you to check out Bookie Woogie as well.  Over the last two and a half years, the kids have produced an astounding 395 pieces of Fan Art!

I thought I'd invite you to check out their 100th review and also share some of my favorite pieces of Fan Art the kids have made:

by Isaac, inspired by "The Cuckoo's Haiku"

by Lily, inspired by "The Mud Fairy"

by Gracie, inspired by "The Wonder Book"

by Isaac, inspired by "The Terrible Hodag"

by Elijah, inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia

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