How to Make a Book (about My Dog)

by Chris Barton (Author) Sarah Horne (Illustrator)

How to Make a Book (about My Dog)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
How do you make a picture book? Well, you need an author, an illustrator, and . . . a dog?! Acclaimed author Chris Barton and his trusty pooch Ernie show readers how to make a nonfiction picture book . . . about Ernie! From coming up with ideas, researching, and writing a first draft to finding the perfect illustrator, deciding what goes on the cover, and getting every last wrod--er, word--just right, you'll see how a book is made from beginning to end. From acquisitions and editing to graphic design and dog treats, find out what's required to bring a book to life. This title perfectly blends how-to and humor for an informative look at book publishing. And look, this is part of the marketing step!

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Aiming to unveil the process behind book creation, Barton walks readers through the steps of writing a nonfiction picture book about his dog in this elucidative meta-story following its own production. Starting with researching and writing the manuscript, the conversational narrative patiently offers next steps: "My agent will share the manuscript with someone who works for the publishing company that's going to turn my story into an actual book." The revision process and illustrator selection are covered in turn. Horne offers brightly colored graphic art, including flow charts with speech bubbles and arrows, plus a cast of cartoon-style humans in a range of skin tones, rendered in Indian ink with a dip pen and colored digitally. While publishing staff are not surveyed in-depth, aspiring authors will find the volume intriguing. Ages 6-10. (Oct.)

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Millbrook Press (Tm)
Publication date
October 20, 2021
BISAC categories
LAN002000 - Language Arts & Disciplines | Writing | Authorship
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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