Cummings (Talking with Artists: Volume I, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) delights with a lively, intimate look at the working lives of 13 diverse artists. From Thomas Allen's realistic pastels to Kevin Henkes's simple, powerful lines to Brian Pinkney's trademark scratchboard drawings and David Wisniewski's intricate cut-paper illustrations, each artist's approach to the work of making picture books is unique. As varied as these artists are (among them, Floyd Cooper, Maira Kalman, Julie Downing, and William Joyce) common threads run through their stories. Following the format set in the first volume, each entry begins with a two-page essay entitled ""My Story,"" accompanied by photos (mostly full-color) of the artist, past and present. Then Cummings asks a series of eight questions perfectly geared to children's own interests, such as ""Where do you work?"" ""Do you have any children?"" and ""What is a normal day like for you?"" Readers see examples of one childhood effort, a present-day piece, and new to this volume, a photograph of the artist's workspace. Cummings finishes up with a secret technique from each person and brief bibliographies. Great inspiration for young artists, good for researching author projects, or fun just to browse.