Category Archives: Books for children

Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth, a Christmas gift idea for children inspired by 13-year-old Eddie

My 13-year-old nephew Eddie loves fonts. Those of you joining me for the Sunday Painting with fonts Zoom sessions know him because he joins us most weeks. If you’ve been to my other Zoom events you will know his voice from the Typography Karaoke game.

Last Christmas Eddie had the brilliant idea to make the faces of animals like cat, dog, cow, pig and T-Rex out of the letters of their name.

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Win Fontosaur giveaway packs

Win Fontosaur giveaway packs
Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth

There are 20 free giveaway packs up for grabs to celebrate the launch of the exciting new typographic colouring books for children Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth.

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Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth

Fontosaur: When dinosaur fonts roamed the Earth
A colouring book written and illustrated by Sarah Hyndman
Buy the book here www.typetasting.com/books

This is the first in a new series of books that combine dinosaurs with fonts. It began when Sarah’s 12-year-old nephew Eddie had the brilliant idea to make the faces of animals like cat, dog, cow, pig and T-Rex out of the letters of their name. Sarah and Eddie are now working on a collaborative sequel together.

Typographic animal sketches by Eddie Shelton (dog, cat, T-Rex and pig).

The idea to make a typographic book just about dinosaurs came about when a friend’s three-year-old son Blake unwrapped Sarah’s The Night the Fonts… books at Christmas and was disappointed because he really, really wanted a book about dinosaurs. Sarah says “I felt very sad that he was disappointed by the books even though they were full of farting and burping fonts and so I took up the challenge to make a book that he would love”.

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Why teach young children about fonts?

Introducing your children to the fantastical world of fonts will give them a head start towards a future career in the creative industries.

My 11-year-old nephew Eddie was excited to see me last Christmas because he wanted to talk about fonts. Hed started to learn about the topic at school and had lots of brilliant questions like “why are there so many?” The two of us have been hatching plans to create a book together and Ive also been asking lots of other children what they think. My initial proposal had been rejected by a number of mainstream children’s publishers—the main feedback is that “children aren’t interested in fonts”. I disagree with this because the children Ive spoken to are very interested in the topic. In response, Im publishing these books as part of the new Type Tasting Books venture. This is how I published my first book The Type Taster, which is now published by Penguin/Random House as the bestselling Why Fonts Matter.

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