June 30, 2017

How a story idea begins

Any Questions?
by Marie-Louise Gay

Children are very curious about story-writing and where authors get their ideas. Their questions inspired picture book author and artist Marie-Louise Gay to create this book, in which she describes her writing process. Sometimes her ideas start with a colour, a word, a phrase, or a doodle. But sometimes she gets stuck. That's when the book becomes interactive, with help from the characters of her many previous books. With their assistance, a story-within-a-story about a shy young giant and a ferocious beast is created.

It's a fun way to introduce kids to the creative writing process. The combination of print and hand-written text is a nice touch too, although I hear that many kids can no longer read cursive. If so, the book makes for a good read-aloud. At the end of the book, Marie-Louise answers some of the questions that she has been asked, like how did you learn to draw, can your cat fly, and are you Stella?

N.B. After five years of posting, it's time to take an extended break, at least for the rest of 2017. I may still post occasionally if I read something good; in the meantime, to know what I've been reading, friend me on Facebook or follow me on GoodReads.

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