Book Review: How to Make a Picture Book

Title: How to Make a Picture Book

Written and illustrated by: Dr Elys Dolan

Published by: Walker Books

How to Make a Picture Book by Elys Dolan

How to Make a Picture Book is the perfect gift for children who want to write and make their own books. It is full of bold illustrations drawn and narrated by the author-illustrator, Dr Elys Dolan, who speaks directly to the reader, anthropomorphised by a bookworm and helped by her trusty assistant Bert.

Elys and Bert talk the reader through where they can get their ideas from, to developing characters through interviews and character sketches. What setting is and how the setting can tell you more about the characters.

This fantastic book then goes on to help children decide what will happen in their story by providing story sentence starters and then illustrates how they can make their own books for the story to go in, showing them how to put the pages together and how the pictures can be used to add more meaning to the story and show the action. It even talks about page turners and the use of colour in your illustrations.

How to Make a Picture Book really is the ultimate step-by-step guide for making a picture book. This unique picture books is packed with brilliant activities, top tips and funny jokes to keep the children entertained. They will love finding out how Bert develops his story idea about the Pizza Delivery Dinosaur. The instructions are easy to follow and will inspire even the most reluctant writer to have a go.

Ideal for use in the classroom and at home. Children can spend days creating their own stories and picture books and sharing them with their friends. A fun project which the whole family can join in. Great for project work.

How to Make a Picture Book is released by Walker Books next week on Thursday 3rd November. Just in time to write your action-packed firework stories or reminisce on the spooky Halloween stories they have read and heard. 

I would like to thank Antonia Wilkinson for sending me a review copy of this book.

If you would like more ideas on writing picture books you can see my post on Planning a picture book here:

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