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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; New edition edition (May 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823059359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823059355
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Shulevitz, a well-established children's author and illustrator, uses discussion and more than 600 illustrations to convey principles he follows in his work. He covers story writing briefly, but gives most of his attention to the drawing of illustrations. Shulevitz makes his points slowly and completely and starts at a very basic level. He covers technical questions of how actually to proceed in developing ideas into books, as well as aesthetic and ethical issues. While Shulevitz's frequent use of his own work as a model of excellence and his unabashed presentation of his own point of view limit the range of styles and approaches presented, the book will still be useful as a starting point for aspiring children's authors. Kathryn W. Finkelstein, formerly with Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Uri Shulevitz has written and illustrated more than 30 children's books. In 1969 he received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Arthur Ransome's retelling of The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. In 1980 The Treasure, which he wrote and illustrated, was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book. Other children's books by Uri Shulevitz include One Monday Morning, The Magician, Rain Rain Rivers (winner of a bronze medal at the 1970 Leipzig International Book Exhibition), and Dawn (given the 1975 Christopher Awards and chosen as a 1976 Honor Book by the International Board on books for Young People). Uri Shulevitz has taught the writing and illustrating of children's books at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has also directed a summer workshop at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.


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I found this very readable book to be very well thought out in its explanation of what makes for a successful children's book. It has the most examples of illustrations of any book on writing children's books I have seen, with many illustrations showing why some methods work and others fail. Uri is vary clear and benevolent in his sharing the princeiples for successfully creating a book for children. It was like being in workshop. With this book I feel prepared to pursue creating a kids' book!
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A bit dated. Very disappointed there was no mention of any digital production techniques or even self publishing possibilities. Needs an update.
The other stuff is great.
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As a children's book author and editor, I know that no one understands picture books better than Uri Shulevitz, and no one is more articulate about how they work. Most books about writing for children focus on young novels or on straightforward picture book stories. This book inspires you to think beyond those predictable formats and instead embrace the poetry of a good picture book, the magic of a good collaboration between text and art which is necessary whether you are working on a story book or a concept book or a nonfiction book. An intelligent and inspiring guide to the art of good bookmaking.
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If you haven't read this book and are illustrating a picture book, stop. This book provides intuitive insight into the aspects that separate great story books from the mediocre. It is easy to follow, inspiring and thorough. Since the book was written in 1985, the section on Preparing for Reproduction is pretty irrelevant to today's artist. The rest is a timeless introduction to illustrated story telling that should not be ignored.
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The book is full of useful information for illustrating book for children process. I found it very specific and easy to grasp. It help illustrators to improve skills amazingly.
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