4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2000
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!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2000
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.
on November 20, 2015
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.