After they've read how professional authors go about it, have youngsters turn one of their writing assignments into a book project. Send them first to The Young Author's Do-It-Yourself Book, for help. If nonfiction is the goal, they'll discover that the co-authors practice what they preach: Their information book is written in clear and simple language, the illustrations are appropriate (engagingly light-hearted, in this instance), and the design is clean and catchy. Nonfiction or fiction, the step-by-step, example-laden instructions are top notch.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The appeal of this title is that it not only gives step-by-step directions to help illustrate and produce a book, but also discusses the fiction and nonfiction writing processes. The ``mountain climber's method of planning and writing a good story'' is presented, focusing on character, setting, problem, and solution. The ``sailor's way of writing a good nonfiction story'' emphasizes using personal experiences as starting points for how-to stories, interviews, biographies, and factual reports. Editing, illustrating, binding, and promoting are also introduced. The full-color illustrations reiterate points made in the text and complement it well, showing in a graphic and fun manner the how-tos of becoming an author. Would-be writers couldn't be anything but successful if they use this concise manual.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA