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Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books

by Uri Shulevitz


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Writing with Pictures is a step-by-step guide to creating children’s books. It offers advice covering a book's preliminary stages through publication, and describes how to tell a story visually, develop settings, and draw characters.

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ISBN-13: 9780823059355
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 8.53(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Uri Shulevitz has written and illustrated more than 30 children's books. In 1969 he received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Arthur Ransome's retelling of The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. In 1980 The Treasure, which he wrote and illustrated, was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book. Other children's books by Uri Shulevitz include One Monday Morning, The Magician, Rain Rain Rivers (winner of a bronze medal at the 1970 Leipzig International Book Exhibition), and Dawn (given the 1975 Christopher Awards and chosen as a 1976 Honor Book by the International Board on books for Young People). Uri Shulevitz has taught the writing and illustrating of children's books at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has also directed a summer workshop at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

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Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
sylliu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is essentially a master class in the theory and art of writing children's picture books told in four parts. Part I (Telling the Story) explains the building blocks of picture sequence, completing an action, story content ("every story is about change"), and key picture book characteristics. Part II (Planning the Book) covers the storyboard and book dummy; size, scale and shape; and the structure of a printed book. Part III (Creating the Pictures) is the "how to" part of the illustrating for children, discussing the purpose of illustration (readability, content and form); drawing figures and objects; use of visual references; picture space and composition; technique; and style. Part IV (Preparing for Reproduction) is the only outdated part of the book (originally released in 1985), as it teaches how to prepare art for pre-digital color-separation technology. This is the part of the book that made me grateful for working in this era. Not only did picture book artists have to master all of the storytelling and basic art skills, but they also had to learn how to preseparate their art. Throughout the book, Mr. Shulevitz uses his own and other illustrators' and artists' work to explain the lessons.
didaly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book, to this author, is the thing. This is his guide to creating picture books, which he distinguishes from story books by the way their stories are told: story books mainly by words, and picture books mainly by pictures. Shulevitz dissects tools used in his own books and in the books of authors he admires, including Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, and Eric Carle.