Deadline!: From News to Newspaper

Deadline!: From News to Newspaper

by Gail Gibbons
     
 

'Beginning at 6:45 a.m., the book details the workings of a small afternoon daily newspaper. Thorough research is evident in both text and illustration, presenting just the right details to illuminate the subject for younger readers.' —H.

Notable 1987 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Overview

'Beginning at 6:45 a.m., the book details the workings of a small afternoon daily newspaper. Thorough research is evident in both text and illustration, presenting just the right details to illuminate the subject for younger readers.' —H.

Notable 1987 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gibbons streamlines information without shortcuts or ambiguities in this suspenseful examination of a day in the life of a small daily newspaper. Those who wonder how a newspaper comes together, day after day, will discover that it is a fast-paced, usually harrowing race with the clock. The day begins early in the newspaper offices; the paper is due out in less than six hours. First, an editorial meeting, where they sift through news items and find out how much space has been allotted for advertisement. Stories are written, typeset in the composing room and pasted into position for printing. It gets really frantic when the lead story is ``killed'' so that a more important story can be published in its place. This newspaper game is exciting business; Gibbons conveys all that and appends to the entire process a history of newspapers. It's enough to satisfy anyone's curiosity and to inspire careers as well. Ages 6-. (April)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Gibbons explains in simple format the incredible amount of activity generated by a busy staff during six hours in the office of a daily newspaper. The digital clock inserts, at least one per spread, show the minutes ticking away toward the deadline, which promotes a feeling of excitement and intensity. Computers and communications satellites, as well as telephones and typewriters are labeled, and their roles in handling the vast amount of incoming information is evident. When the presses roll and the finished newspapers are sorted and delivered, readers will breathe a relieved sigh along with the harried staff. Minutes later, however, these cheerful workers begin preparing for tomorrow's ``deadline.'' The colorful, cartoon-like illustrations reinforce the message of the text. The story could almost be told through the pictures alone. Unfortunately, there is disagreement between text and pictures in terms of the hour of the deadline. When the clock reads 6:50, the deadline is said to be in six hours. At 10:05, however, the caption sets the deadline at ``less than two hours away!'' At 11:08, it's ``less than an hour to deadline,'' but at 1:02, ``they made it.'' It is unclear as to whether the deadline refers to getting the paper ready to roll or to the finished product. Nonetheless, the sprightly crew in this newspaper office presents an exciting picture of an essential service. The book updates Feigenbaum's This Is a Newspaper (Follett, 1965; o.p.), and is intended for a younger audience than Sam and Beryl Epstein's First Book of News (Watts, 1965; o.p.), which also includes other types of media coverage of news. Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780690046021
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,239,402
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

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