Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyProspective young authors get a step-by-step guide (with an inviting design similar to the author's Follow the Money) in Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy. Beginning with brainstorming ideas and research tips for aspiring writers, Leedy suggests ways of inventing characters, writing and revising text, and experimenting with different styles of artwork. The spreads brim with examples of possible settings, formats and layouts for books, while encouraging the audience to develop their own ideas. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-In this companion to Messages in the Mailbox (1991) and The Furry News (1990, both Holiday), Leedy focuses on the creation of a book from start to finish. In an easy-to-follow format, she lays out the basics of producing a fiction or nonfiction book, offering practical suggestions and clever ideas that will encourage kids to pick up a pen or pencil and start writing. Following the writing process fairly closely, from brainstorming ideas to binding the book, she takes readers through a step-by-step formula that almost guarantees a successful product. With pages that include discussions of lettering and artwork, this title becomes more than just a "how-to" book; it is a jumping-off point for all kinds of projects. Both teachers and students will find helpful hints here. Lively, colorful illustrations expand and interpret the text, keeping kids entranced with an ever-evolving process. It's difficult not to get caught up in the excitement generated by this creation.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsKids can write, edit, illustrate, and bind their own books. Leedy answers every young author's questions in this abundantly illustrated how-to. Readers follow three authors, a boy, a girl, and a dog, from idea to storyboarding to editing to layout through illustration methods and finally to binding their creations. Most topics get a page; a few fill a two-page spread. Leedy's signature illustrations, bright and friendly, use vignettes to show each author thinking and working through the writing process with text of thoughts or speech in cartoon bubbles. The young authors instruct by doing and a list of tips complements each of the lessons. A page of further reading, resources, and publishing ideas completes the package. Most youngsters will need help with some vocabulary and ideas, but elementary teachers couldn't hope for a better invitation to the art and craft of writing. (Nonfiction. 4-10)
- Holiday House, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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