What Do Authors Do?

What Do Authors Do?

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by Eileen Christelow
     
 

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A humorous and instructive look at how authors develop their ideas into a book and then find a pub-lisher. Step-by-step, the author describes the dedication and patience that writing requires; the help supplied by friends, family, editors, designers, and printers; and the satisfaction of readers' appreciation. "Librarians and teachers introducing the writing process… See more details below

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A humorous and instructive look at how authors develop their ideas into a book and then find a pub-lisher. Step-by-step, the author describes the dedication and patience that writing requires; the help supplied by friends, family, editors, designers, and printers; and the satisfaction of readers' appreciation. "Librarians and teachers introducing the writing process will find this title very useful." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This lighthearted explanation of how books are created and produced combines "informative commentary with humorous, action-filled cartoons," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This book evolved out of the questions the author fielded when she talked to children in schools about her writing: Do you have pets? Do you like your job? Is it hard to write a book? It answers them succinctly and with humor, so that every author or aspiring author of whatever age can identify with the struggles of the writers portrayed. Family members of authors will also see themselves herein. The cartoon-style illustrations will engage the young reader. The subtleties of the author's swings between inspiration and perspiration are cleverly depicted. Christelow's got it exactly right!
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
What Do Authors Do? is a rich, fun-filled explanation of the problems and the persistence of authors during the writing process and what happens from the time their manuscript is accepted until it is delivered to the bookstores. The process is viewed through the experiences of two authors, one male and one female, whose pets comment on their masters' books, providing some delightfully humorous moments. For all who love books and hunger to know more, this is an ideal choice. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
With delightful depictions of fictional neighbor-authors inspired by a spat between their pets, Ms. Christelow spins an amusing and informative tale. As her writers develop their ideas into very different books, she deftly portrays with humor and verve her profession's required perseverance, patience, and its ups and downs.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Christelow follows two next-door neighbors as they independently develop stories about their pets-the scruffy sheepdog, Rufus; and Max, his energetic feline adversary. Dialogue in cartoon balloons and brief text describe the writing process and the mechanics of publishing. The authors talk to one another, share their works-in-progress with family members (and their pets), and confer with other writers in a workshop. Readers follow this lengthy and complicated process through rejections, acceptance, editorial sessions, and rewrites, as each author perseveres to the happy conclusion. Because Christelow chooses to follow the ``story'' of two books rather than one, and includes technical details about printing, layout, proofing, and binding, there is much here for readers to absorb. Some of the material is covered in Aliki's How a Book Is Made (Crowell, 1986). Christelow's purpose-to answer the general question posed in the title by including just about every topic raised when authors visit schools or libraries-is accomplished in a humorous, sprightly manner, using the panel format of cartoon illustration to good advantage. Librarians and teachers introducing the writing process will find this title very useful. Young readers will appreciate the determination, patience, and hard work it takes to produce the books they enjoy, and will welcome the journey from idea to finished book.-Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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"Christelow's purpose-to answer the general question posed in the title by including just about every topic raised when authors visit schools or libraries-is accomplished in a humorous, sprightly manner. . . . Young readers will . . . welcome the journey from idea to finished book." School Library Journal, Starred

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395866214
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
167,569
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"Librarians and teachers introducing the writing process will find this title very useful." School Library Journal, Starred

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