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.