What Do Authors Do? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

( 4 )

Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A talkative dog and cat take readers through the writing process step-by-step, starting with how the authors develop their ideas into books, and finally sharing the published book with their readers.

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 ...

See more details below
This Hardcover (Library Binding - THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY) is Not Available through BN.com
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A talkative dog and cat take readers through the writing process step-by-step, starting with how the authors develop their ideas into books, and finally sharing the published book with their readers.

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.

Read More Show Less

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.)
From The Critics
"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."
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.
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 - 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!
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
Leone McDermott
r. 35. There are many books explaining the adult world of work to kids. However, some professions are undeniably tougher than others to describe in print. How does one portray the creative impulse? Or the personal investment an artist makes in his or her work? Christelow has captured such elusive matters as well as a host of practical ones in this witty, lucid account of what authors do. Cartoonlike panels tell a dual story: two authors watch their pets get into a comic squabble and are inspired to write about it but come up with very different ideas for their books. The authors are followed through every stage in the bookmaking process. We see them move from the excitement of creation to the nerve-racking quest for a publisher to the endless details of getting into print and finally to the tasks of promotion. The dual story line easily demonstrates that some aspects of the process are personal and individual (such as how a story changes) and others are universal (such as waiting for reviews). Christelow packs a great deal of humor as well as information into her attractive pages. Best of all, she infuses the whole with a sense of the zest and love that writers feel for their work. Young people who find this book not only will learn a great deal about authorship, but also may well be inspired to try it themselves.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613036191
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eileen Christelow

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • 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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)