Step right up and behold Eeboo’s new circus-themed sketchbook and matching colored pencils — must-have, after-school supplies for inspiring creativity. Recommended for ages 3 and up, the sketchbook’s colorful cover illustration by Kevin Hawkes is accented with glitter that evokes a sparkling performance under the big top. The 8 1/2- by 11-inch, spiral bound pad offers 60 pages of thick, high-quality paper that will entice little ones to create.
The box of six “Circus Jumbo Mixies” pencils includes a sharpener wide enough for the large grip implements. Each one has three-color lead that reminded me of my favorite childhood art supplies, although Eeboo’s are much more sophisticated — the green, yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue pencils are wrapped in a coordinating harlequin patterns reminiscent of vintage clown costumes! The mixed lead lends a depth to the lines — like ombre fabric. Their only downside is that you may not want to share ’em.
Eeboo Circus 6 Jumbo Mixies Pencils, $7.50, and Eeboo Circus Sketchbook, $6, on GeniusBabies.com after Sept. 15.