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Children's Nonfiction Crafts & Hobbies

Face Painting

by (author) Patricia Silver

illustrated by Louise Phillips

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2000
Crafts & Hobbies
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2000
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2000
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it

Out of print

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Whether it's for Halloween, a party or just for fun, kids can transform themselves into Dr. Frankenstein's monster or a fanciful fairy -- it's easy and safe with face paints and a few simple accessories in this book in the Kids Can Do It series! Step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations and imaginative tips show kids how to be a * fearless pirate * beautiful butterfly * daffy Dalmatian * roaring lion * scary skeleton * wacky alien... and more!

About the authors

Patricia Silver (aka Patty the Clown) is an award-winning songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and author of the best-seller "Face Painting". Her critically-acclaimed Sphere Clown Band has wowed audiences on TV and in festivals and theatres across Canada, in the U.S.A., the U.K.., Russia, Europe, and Asia. She has been putting smiles on kids faces through her face painting and clown antics since 1974. She lives in Toronto and is the proud mother of Peeper the Clown (on the Face Painting cover).

Patricia Silver's profile page

Louise Phillips is an illustrator and textile designer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Louise Phillips' profile page


  • Winner, Our Choice, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

A wonderful introduction to this fun activity. She begins by firing readers' imaginations with, "You can become ...," then digs right in explaining what supplies are needed. She includes step-by-step instructions for 16 of the most commonly requested faces, rules for safety, and the all-important cleanup tips. Clear, full-color photographs and drawings of children in the makeup accompany the instructions. These simple illustrations are charming and helpful, leaving no doubt as to what supplies are needed. Except for the face paint itself, most of these items are readily available — it is an excellent choice for beginners, providing basic information and delightful examples.

School Library Journal

For any reason, in any season, this book provides the perfect recipe for lots of fun.

Brandon Sun

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