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Shows two illustrators going through all the steps involved in creating new picture books of "Jack and the Beanstalk," including layout, scale, and point-of-view.
"As breezy and enlightening as its companion, What Do Authors Do? (1995), this volume takes readers behind the scenes to watch two (fictional) artists create picture-book editions of Jack and the Beanstalk. Between the first flash of inspiration and celebratory ice cream cones at the end, both illustrators sketch dummies; make decisions about character, perspective, point-of- view, and composition; experiment with different media; and entertain tactful suggestions from editors and designers. Meanwhile, each takes the story in a different direction, one sticking to tradition, the other switching to an all-female cast. Around and within the cartoon panels, pets and a child add explanatory comments to the captions. Although she only hints at the amazing diversity of today's illustrators, Christelow captures the effort that goes into the making of picture books while also answering many of the questions children ask on the subject." Kirkus Reviews
"In this companion to WHAT DO AUTHORS DO?, Christelow gives readers a great deal of insight into the creative process while entertaining them with a story (actually two) within the story that tells the story of how picture-book artists work. . . . Better than a magic bean, this title is sure to spark youngsters' curiosity and creativity, and when that happens-as everyone knows-the sky's the limit." School Library Journal, Starred
Posted November 14, 2010
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