What Do Authors Do?

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A sprightly text and colorful illustrations follow two creative people-and a talkative dog and cat-through the writing process step by step, from the inspiration for a story to the satisfaction of sharing the book with readers. Eileen Christelow based this instructive picture book on questions children asked during her classroom talks around the country. Simple enough for young children to understand, and with the entertainment value of fiction, "What Do Authors Do?" is ...

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Overview

A sprightly text and colorful illustrations follow two creative people-and a talkative dog and cat-through the writing process step by step, from the inspiration for a story to the satisfaction of sharing the book with readers. Eileen Christelow based this instructive picture book on questions children asked during her classroom talks around the country. Simple enough for young children to understand, and with the entertainment value of fiction, "What Do Authors Do?" is children's nonfiction at its best.

A lively text and colorful illustrations follow two creative people--and a talkative dog and cat--through the writing process step by step, from the inspiration for a story to the satisfaction of sharing the book with readers.

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Editorial Reviews

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780395866214
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 99,554
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    A Must Have For Your Library!!

    I absolutely love this book! I'm studying to become a teacher and I love how the book explains in a non-intimidating a easy to follow way how a book becomes a book. Great to use in the classroom if you want to do a book project with kids. It can get a little distracting and confusing because of the captions so it's not recommended for readers younger than 9. Other than that great book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    I bought this book for my 8 year old son who hated writing.....i

    I bought this book for my 8 year old son who hated writing.....it really helped change his attitude towards the task.  It is funny and informative 
    at the same time, I agree that all children should have this book at home!!!!

    Amantina
    NYC

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