From Pictures to Words: A Book about Making a Book

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People approach writing in different ways. Here, they'll see how one artist goes about the creation of a story. They'll learn that for some people, it's easier to go 'from pictures to words' than the other way around. They'll discover that it's exciting and rewarding to create a book.
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Overview

People approach writing in different ways. Here, they'll see how one artist goes about the creation of a story. They'll learn that for some people, it's easier to go 'from pictures to words' than the other way around. They'll discover that it's exciting and rewarding to create a book.
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From Pictures to Words is author Janet Stevens's demonstration of how she conceives and plans a story from illustrations, using drawings of herself to tell the tale. Stevens also covers the details of marketing your work, including the making of a dummy book. Imaginative, practical, and clever.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stevens (Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale) writes-and draws-herself into this innovative explanation of how authors and artists create picture books. Rendered in black-and-white drawings, she sits in her studio surrounded by vividly colored and humorously garbed animals who urge her to write a story. Stevens agrees, picks three creatures (a rhino, koala and cat) to appear in her tale and, insisting she is an illustrator and not an author, cautions them not to expect too much of her. As the characters contribute sometimes outlandish suggestions and diverting asides, Stevens tells them that their story needs a setting; a beginning, middle and end; plus a plot in which something happens. She lays out her sketches in a storyboard and then, with her chatty characters by her side, goes through the processes of writing, editing, making a dummy and creating the final art. Though the detailed explanations may prove a bit laborious, aspiring writers and artists will appreciate this tidy lesson. Ages 7-9. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Meredith E. Kiger
A clever humorous approach to story writing by an illustrator, Stevens creates three imaginary characters-a rhinoceros, a koala, and a cat-to be her alter egos as she makes her first attempt at writing a story. Never at a loss for words, her alter egos alternately encourage and criticize her writing until she gets her story just right. The steps necessary in finding a publisher and in achieving eventual success are illustrated along with the important inclusion of the feelings of doubt, anxiety, and elation that go along with writing and publishing. The illustrations are effective in bringing to life the imagination necessary to the creative process. The perfect book to encourage a young would-be author, without being too serious.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This book highlights the basics of writing fiction: character, problem, plot, setting. The animal characters, Stevens' artistic specialty, spring to life as partners in her writing and drawing. They comment hilariously on her choice of characters, their dress, dialog, and the story line as she lays out a storyboard. She makes a dummy book and shows her animal friends how different they look when drawn with markers, pencils or watercolors. The animals, a koala, rhinoceros, and cat, eagerly await the finished book so they can autograph it with their hoofprints.
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
A clever humorous approach to story writing by an illustrator, Stevens creates three imaginary characters-a rhinoceros, a koala, and a cat-to be her alter egos as she makes her first attempt at writing a story. Never at a loss for words, her alter egos alternately encourage and criticize her writing until she gets her story just right. The steps necessary in finding a publisher and in achieving eventual success are illustrated along with the important inclusion of the feelings of doubt, anxiety, and elation that go along with writing and publishing. The illustrations are effective in bringing to life the imagination necessary to the creative process. The perfect book to encourage a young would-be author, without being too serious.
Stephanie Zvirin
With so many successful picture books to her credit, Stevens seems the perfect person to introduce picture-book writing and illustrating to children. Her clever book may not be prime story-time material, but it will be fun for teachers to use in class and ideal for sharing with creative kids. Stevens, appearing as herself sketched in black-and-white, is the main character in her story. She's surrounded by a fetching assemblage of colorful animal characters who encourage her to write a book starring them. With help from Cat, Koala Bear, and Rhino, she does, explaining as she goes along the basic elements of writing and illustrating--setting, plot, tension, and characterization. Kids won't learn the technical production stuff, but Stevens demystifies the creative process, not only in her text, but also in the warm and friendly chaos of the pictures. A last page encourages children to try making a book of their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823411542
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 524,501
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.22 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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