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The creativity project / edited by Colby Sharp
First edition
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

Physical Description:
277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"An awesometastic story collection"--Cover.

Includes index.
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810.8006 CRE Book Junior Collection
810.8006 CRE Book Junior Collection
810.8006 CRE Book Junior Collection

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Book advocate Colby Sharp presents more than forty beloved, award-winning, diverse and bestselling authors and illustrators in a creative challenge!
Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.
The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator!
With contributions by Sherman Alexie, Tom Angleberger, Jessixa Bagley, Tracey Baptiste, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, Kate DiCamillo, Margarita Engle, Deborah Freedman, Adam Gidwitz, Chris Grabenstein, Jennifer L. Holm, Victoria Jamieson, Travis Jonker, Jess Keating, Laurie Keller, Jarret J. Krosoczka, Kirby Larson, Minh Lê, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Daniel Nayeri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Debbie Ohi, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Dan Santat, Gary Schmidt, John Schu, Colby Sharp, Bob Shea, Liesl Shurtliff, Lemony Snicket, Laurel Snyder, Javaka Steptoe, Mariko Tamaki, Linda Urban, Frank Viva, and Kat Yeh.

Author Notes

Colby Sharp is a co-founder of the online community Nerdy Book Club and its off-shoot conference, Nerd Camp, two popular monthly Twitter chats, #Titletalk, #SharpSchu, and The Yarn, a podcast about bookmaking and the creative process.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This anthology features 44 pieces of writing and art from children's book authors and illustrators. The works are broad-ranging in terms of content, medium, and theme, yet they are all the result of an experiment spearheaded by Sharp, an educator and cofounder of the Nerdy Book Club. Participants were asked to submit creative prompts, which he dispersed among them; each individual was then tasked with creating an original piece inspired by a prompt. For each selection, the writer or artist includes the lines of prose or artwork that they received and from whom, followed by their response. Sophie Blackall's prompt for Adam Gidwitz is a drawing of a woman holding an enormous fish; Gidwitz replies with a deadpan story about a girl whose mother's new boyfriend is a fish. Laurel Snyder invites Lisa Brown to take an abstract idea (like "joy" or "hunger") and imagine it as a character. Brown creates a comic that personifies "quiet" as a superhero-like figure who loves to read, listen, and take notice. An end section includes 44 additional prompts from the participants for readers, which further emphasizes the collection's celebration of "the way ideas can be story seeds that take root and blossom." Ages 8-12. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Its a good premise. Forty-four contemporary childrens book people each contribute a writing prompt. Then each one responds to someone elses prompt. The result is a combination anthology and inspiring craft manual. Its diverse all round, not only in the contributors but in the nature of the prompts, from simple (Mariko Tamakis The guy next door) to elaborate (a crazy-difficult anagram challenge by Minh L). Both prompts and responses include prose, poetry, photographs, drawings, and comics. Some contributors go for a punch line; others embrace ambiguity. The emphasis is on pleasure, but readers who take in the whole collection will notice an aspect to creativity that isnt made explicit in the introduction: almost none of the contributors obeys the rules. Presented with a photo of an animal that is not a fox, Linda Sue Park writes about a fox. Sherman Alexie ignores half of his short prompt. Asked for a single paragraph, Jennifer L. Holm writes a whole short story. Demonstrating the anarchic nature of creativity might be the most powerful message of this inviting project, a book that is more subversive than it first appears. Appended with contributor biographies and an index. sarah ellis (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.