WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? by Eileen Christelow

WHAT DO AUTHORS DO?

Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 With good humor, Christelow (The Great Pig Escape, 1994, etc.) effectively marshals accessible, kid-pleasing drawings with cartoon balloons of dialogue and a straightforward narrative to give youngsters an understanding of how a book gets from writers to readers. She begins by charting the parallel experiences of next- door neighbors who just happen to be authorsa male African- American writer of chapter books and a female picture book creator. The first big questionhow do authors get their ideas?is answered inventively. The man's dog (Rufus) and the woman's cat (Max) get into a tussle and both authors draw inspiration from the event. Much of the pleasure of this information-packed book lies in the warm, unique way it addresses such problems as what authors do when they get stuck, how long it takes for a book to be illustrated, or to get through production. It even includes words on the review process: ``Some reviews are wonderful! Some are not.'' This book is wonderful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1995
ISBN: 0-395-71124-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1995




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