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Tacky Gifts: Dot-to-Dot for Grown-ups?

Somehow I’ve appeared on lots of publicists’ email lists. Not that I mind; I get some great ideas for blog posts from them.

Recently I got an email touting a dot-to-dot book for adults. The topic? Animals.

Don't let the title fool you. There are only 20 activities in the book.

This is one of a series of dot-to-dot books.

What? Are you kidding me? Dot-to-dot? Who does that?

Actually, I kinda like the book. These are not simple drawings. And when you’ve finished, you’ve recreated something rather fantastic.


There are 20 activities in this 12in by 14in book.

I know what you’re thinking: If I like it, why am I calling it tacky?

For one, the name is misleading. When I first saw it, I thought there were 1000 drawings. No, that’s the name of the series of activity books. You can find all sorts of topics of interest.

The other is that, no matter how cool this is, many people are going to react like I initially did when I saw the book. What? What kind of idiotic crap is this?

I found the book on Amazon.com for $11.32. But if you’re ordering there, do so soon. It ships in 1-3 weeks, and you’ll want it to arrive in plenty of times for holiday gift-giving.

Does the book save animals? No. Does it harm animals? Not directly (just that pesky thing of killing forests to harvest wood for paper and such). So if you’ve got someone who enjoys letting those creative juices flow but, like me, can’t draw, consider this as a fun gift!

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


16 thoughts on “Tacky Gifts: Dot-to-Dot for Grown-ups?

  1. I got this for my little brother’s birthday and he actually loved it. Granted he has coloured the pug purple and given it an extra leg and made the horse a unicorn with cat eyes but it’s all creative right?!


    Posted by hutchagoodlife | November 21, 2014, 5:03 AM
  2. it’s a gift and a surprise when you finish the drawings. It’s a great gift and to spend time with this book is better than to hang around in front of the tv :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | November 21, 2014, 5:18 AM
  3. OMP (oh my pug) or OMD (oh my dog) I love that! I love tacky goofy things! Kitschy is the way to go for small gifts I think

    retro rover

    Posted by retro rover | November 21, 2014, 5:32 AM
  4. Reblogged this on cgw629 and commented:
    A cute Christmas gift for those of us who wish we were artistic. Too cute Thank you Rumpydog and Jen.

    Posted by cgw629 | November 21, 2014, 5:47 AM
  5. Please, Santa, don’t bring me a foot grater for Christmas (or a Pedi Cure or whatever the frock it’s called). I mean, what’s the deal here? I know feet can smell like cheese, but it’s jut not right to TREAT them like cheese, because they’re not actually cheese, they’re flesh and blood; they take a lot of punishment and need a bit of hard skin to protect them. Grating them to bloody rawness in the name of beauty just isn’t healthy.

    Posted by annabellefranklinauthor | November 21, 2014, 5:47 AM
  6. What a great suggestion. People need a little soothing and steadying – sophisticated connect the dots and coloring books are perfect happiness builders. Especially since the result is so pretty (important for adults, kids know the fun part is what’s important)
    Great for all those waiting times in airports, doctor’s offices, stupid meetings… good positive distraction!
    And maybe a reminder of how beautiful animals are and that people should treat them with kindness

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | November 21, 2014, 11:04 AM
  7. I didn’t see any Scotties in the pictures. It looks like a great way to sit and relax.

    Posted by corkscot | November 21, 2014, 4:59 PM
  8. That’s a great gift for those who are less artistically inclined. 🙂

    Posted by meowmeowmans | November 21, 2014, 8:03 PM
  9. I use to enjoy connecting the dots when I was a little person … it would be interesting to try again … didn’t know there was a series for adults! 🙂

    Posted by becca givens | November 22, 2014, 12:20 AM
  10. Dot to dot books…now that takes me back in time!

    Posted by granny1947 | November 22, 2014, 2:06 AM
  11. Notwithstanding the tackiness, I like the concept! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted by Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey | November 22, 2014, 8:15 AM
  12. Interesting! BOL! I do dot to dots with my daughters but it would be different to do them on my own! lol
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | November 22, 2014, 10:02 AM

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