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A Story with Pictures Hardcover – September 1, 2007

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If you want a good laugh and learn the basics to story construction, A Story with Pictures is the book for you. -- Emma's Bookcase, Wee Ones Magazine, Sept/Oct. 2007

Kanninen's first children's book confidently serves up metafiction to the picture-book crowd. Starred Review. -- Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2007 Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2007

Perfect for parents, teachers, and storytime, A Story with Pictures deserves repeated readings and discussion. -- Children's Literature Network, August 2007

Readers will enjoy the wild ride as Kanninen and Reed entertain various outlandish possibilities... -- Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2007

The pages are packed with energy and humor... -- School Library Journal, October 2007

The pages crackle with energy, thanks to bold acrylics by Lynn Rowe Reed. Kids will love the wacky premise, circular plot and quirky illustrations. -- Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Parent, January 2008

About the Author

Barbara Kanninen has a PhD in environmental economics. "A Story with Pictures" is her first picture book. Lynn Rowe Reed has illustrated numerous books for children, including "Punctuation Takes a Vacation" by Robin Pulver, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives in Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420490
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,891,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barbara Kanninen is a children's writer and award-winning Ph.D. environmental economist. She has written for educational companies such as Macmillan-McGraw-Hill, Core Knowledge Foundation, Innovative Kids, and Kaeden Books. Barbara's first picture book for children, A Story with Pictures, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named a "Picture Book We Admire" by the Children's Literature Network. Her second picture book, Circle Rolls, is forthcoming in 2011 with Henry Holt and Co. Barbara lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two boys.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. B. White on July 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kids, teachers, and parents will LOVE this delightfully nutty post-modern picture book that explores the art of creating a picture book. When an author loses her way while writing a new story, crazy things start popping up to keep her on her toes and inspire her creativity.

For elementary teachers and parents who like to talk about the books they read, "A Story with Pictures" will inspire great discussions of how stories are put together and what choices an author must make when writing. The writing and illustrations are light and whimsical and will keep the kids laughing while they learn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Jackson on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Children will love this entertaining tale of a writer, an illustrator, and a duck. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, this clever story introduces children to the basic elements of fiction: characters, setting, and conflict. In addition, it humanizes the people (authors and illustrators) who create books like this for children. There's nothing quite like this one on the market!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Black on January 29, 2010
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I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure a lot of kids will get it. It almost feels as though it's written for authors/illustrators, rather than children, who generally read and 'live' through the story - this book turns that on its head. A fun idea, but I'm just not sure a lot of children will get it.
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