The juvenile editor of Hastings House confides the fundamentals of the juvenile trade. There are chapters on what makes a good book good, what makes a poor book bad, contracts and their implications for the novice signer, the selection of illustrations, some very broad generalizations on the reading interests of the ultimate reader and some anecdotal insights into the editorial process as she conducts it. There are an astonishing number of annual workshops that propose to teach (with more optimism than success) the not so gentle art of creating a publishable children's book. There are a dearth of texts for this market and this seems like a well organized set of commonsense admonitions to offer that market. Mrs. Colby wrote The Children's Book Field in 1952, which, although out of print, is still the only guide on the subject listed by The Reader's Advisor. This necessarily duplicates some of that material, as the author points out, but does update and extend it. For the course takers and for the beginners in juvenile publishing.