Ready to build a fairy tale? First, you?ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer?s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you?ll be writing magical adventures like a pro!
Ready to build a fairy tale? First, you’ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer’s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you’ll be writing magical adventures like a pro!
This title in the "Writer's Toolbox" series, written for fairly young writers, is typical of the other books in the series. The book focuses on one example of a fairy tale, in this case Little Red Riding Hood, and breaks it down into its various elements which are labeled tools. This allows young writers (and readers) to effectively analyze their own efforts or, as a reader, other fairy tales. The version of Little Red Writing Hood used in this book is not credited, an oversight that young writers do not want to make, and the illustrations are of inconsistent quality. Nevertheless, the advice given is fairly standard with that given in writing texts and it is presented at a level that children can understand and use. Nice additional features include a review of the tools, a page of exercises to get started writing, a page of tips, a glossary, a bibliography, and list of websites. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.