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Saturday 7 January 2023

Review: How to Make a Picture Book

Elys Dolan shows us how it’s done in this brilliant picture book about making picture books.

It starts with Elys in worm form (because worms are cool!). Worm Elys tells readers why stories are important and gets you ready to create. From coming up with ideas to writing the story, worm Elys takes you through each step, inspiring, encouraging and coaching along the way.

It’s a true step-by-step guide, but it’s written for kids. It covers coming up with an idea, creating characters, developing a setting, building the story, creating a mock-up book, composition, colour and more.

As you move through the book, there are activities to get you thinking (and get you writing), so by the end of the book you’ve created something spectacular.

This is a truly awesome book for kids. It’s kid-friendly and encouraging. It will inspire kids of all ages to pick up a pen and get to work. It’s also injected with humour and silliness, appealing to even the most reluctant of creatives.

Elys Dolan is an award-winning author and illustrator of so many books for kids, and she definitely knows what she’s talking about. She breaks everything down into simple components that makes the creative process easy and breezy.

If you’re looking for a book to help kids understand components of story and the making of a great picture book, this is 100% the book you need. It’s a must-have for classrooms and every budding young storyteller. 

Title: How to Make a Picture Book
Author/Illustrator: Elys Dolan
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 2 November 2022
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781529500592
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book