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How This Book Was Made

Mac Barnett Adam Rex



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Orchard Books
14 March 2017
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a funny tale about the creation of books. The author directly addresses the reader, telling the story of the story - how it started as an idea, became a bunch of words, then a heap of drafts and so on through the entire labour intensive process of becoming a physical object. Okay, so there are also a few digressions, with busy illustrators and tigers and astronauts and pirates, and the reader has to get to the very last page before the secret ingredient is revealed, but this is a lovely way of explaining how books are made! Readers 5-7. Lindy Jones


You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger. New York Times best-selling creators Mac Barnett and Adam Rex reveal the nitty gritty process of making a book... with a few unexpected twists along the way! Budding writers and artists will laugh at the mix of reality and the absurd as the story makes its way to a shelf, and a reader.
By:   Mac Barnett
Illustrated by:   Adam Rex
Imprint:   Orchard Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 240mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   384g
ISBN:   9781423152200
ISBN 10:   1423152204
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   14 March 2017
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 5 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<b>Mac Barnett</b> is the <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of over twenty books for children, including <i>Count the Monkeys</i>, <i> </i>illustrated by Kevin Cornell; <i>Chloe and the Lion</i>, illustrated by Adam Rex; and<i> Extra Yarn </i>and <i>Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, </i>both illustrated by Jon Klassen, and both winners of a Caldecott Honor and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award.<i> </i>He also writes the Terrible Two series with Jory John. Mac lives in Berkeley, California. Visit him at macbarnett.com. <b>Adam Rex</b> is the<i> </i><i>New York Times</i> best-selling author and illustrator of <i>Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.</i> His other books include <i>The True Meaning of Smekday</i>, which was made into the animated hit movie <i>Home</i>;<i> Moonday</i>; <i>Fat Vampire; </i>and <i>Cold Cereal. </i>He also illustrated the Brixton Brothers series, <i>Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem, </i>and <i>Chloe and the Lion, </i> all by Mac Barnett, and <i>Chu's Day </i>by Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him at adamrex.com or follow him on Twitter @MrAdamRex<i>.</i>

Reviews for How This Book Was Made

Rex's mixed-media illustrations keep up with the text and pack in plenty of chuckles. --Kirkus Reviews From the mixed-media cover art to the closing tiger-print endpapers, Barnett and Rex's surreal digressions and visual humor ensure that the tale will not follow a straightforward course. (At one point, illiterate pirates hijack the story for a single spread before vamoosing because they don't read.).... The joke density in a volume that includes an arm-wrestling tiger and Ben Franklin scaling Philadelphia's city hall like King Kong will keep many readers flipping the pages.... This quirky exercise in self-reflexiveness offers a nugget of truth about the laborious process of producing books. Fans of these wacky creators will eat it up. --School Library Journal Barnett and Rex, no strangers to metafiction, have outdone themselves in terms of tongue-in-cheekiness... Young audience members will love every over-the-top moment. --The Horn Book

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