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Any Questions?
by Marie-Louise Gay


Overview - Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers though a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children together they collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers though a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children together they collaborate on writing and illustrating a story. Marie-Louise Gayhas scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged, and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere, asking to be written. "Any Questions?" presents a world inhabited by lost polar bears, soaring pterodactyls, talking trees, and spotted snails, with cameo appearances by some ofthe author'sfavorite characters a world where kids become part of the story and let their imaginations run wild, becoming inspired to create tales of their own. At the end of the book, she provides answers to many of the questions children have asked her over the years, such as "Are you Stella?," "How did you learn to draw?," "Can your cat fly?," and "How many books do you make in one day?""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781554983827
  • ISBN-10: 1554983827
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 60
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Books & Libraries
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gay (the Stella and Sam series) playfully uses a story-within-a-story conceit to talk about her own creative process. As a child, "I always had a million questions about everything," she writes, adding that, based on her school visits, "I see that nothing has changed." Gay portrays a diverse group of kids shouting out questions, one of which ("Where does a story start?") she tackles by explaining sometimes she is inspired by color or "words or ideas floating out of nowhere," followed by "little scribbles and doodles appear here and there." After showing how sometimes her ideas don't fly, Gay settles on one about a shy young giant who protects the forest. But she brings her tale to an abrupt halt, asking, "What do you think happens next?" Three precocious children jump in to continue the story before Gay returns to complete it—with a twist. Running commentary from children and animals in the background of Gay's mixed-media spreads provides comedic moments as Gay encourages readers to push their own creative boundaries. Ages 6–9. (Sept.)

 
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