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What Do Authors Do? by [Eileen Christelow]

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What Do Authors Do? Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 64 ratings

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Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 4 - 6
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Alternating informative commentary with humorous, action-filled cartoons, Christelow (Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree) light-heartedly explains how books are created and produced. "Authors get ideas for books at the strangest moments!" announces the headliner text; below, cartoon panels show neighboring authors watching their pets chase each other into a pond. After the authors take notes, make lists or outlines, read and research, and "listen and watch," the man ends up writing a chapter book about "a dog and a cat who travel around the country on a freight train" and the woman ends up writing and illustrating a picture book about a "dog-chasing cat who ends up a hero when he rescues a family from a fire." As the two deal with rejection, revision, working with editors, printing and production, deciding on a dedication, and even taking author photos, their cheerful pets react: "That's me!" says Rufus as his master writes; "Dumb magazine!" says Max as his mistress reads an unfavorable review. As its title suggests, this book emphasizes the author's role?for a more in-depth look at production, see Aliki's How a Book Is Made (1986), also for this age group. Although not every author follows the exact path Christelow outlines, she clarifies a sometimes complicated process?and makes it seem full of fun. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Print Length : 40 pages
  • Publication Date : August 18, 1997
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (August 18, 1997)
  • File Size : 5062 KB
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B004GJXZ6M
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 64 ratings