30 review for Illustrating Children's Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zel Polev

    November 23, 2017 Okay, I finished the book. It was alright. The writing was a bit frustrating and it kind of shaped my reading experience. I'm not that impressed with this book. It did have some good information here and there but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. November 22, 2017 2nd Update Okay, I'm writing this minutes after the venting. I sounded too much of a curmudgeon. This book is good, as it pertains to information. The writing is not so good, as it pertains to communicating November 23, 2017 Okay, I finished the book. It was alright. The writing was a bit frustrating and it kind of shaped my reading experience. I'm not that impressed with this book. It did have some good information here and there but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. November 22, 2017 2nd Update Okay, I'm writing this minutes after the venting. I sounded too much of a curmudgeon. This book is good, as it pertains to information. The writing is not so good, as it pertains to communicating said information. November 22, 2017 1st Update Okay, I'm still reading this but I feel like I have to vent. I've read a little over a quarter of the book and god-damn, this book is annoying to read. The information is there but the way it is written is just so grating. I feel like the author didn't structure the information in a good way and it comes across as shoddy. One of the sections is titled, The Use of Colour. This was under the chapter of Developing Character. What the author talks about is the importance of having variations. I am nitpicking but this isn't the only instance when the writing is grating. The author could have titled it Variations, Explorations, whatever, but something that makes more sense than the use of colour. While colour is mentioned in passing, it wasn't the main point. With a title, The Use of Colour, I expect information on colour connotations not the author saying have variations. It's just annoying. The writing feels as if it lacks a structure when all the moving parts aren't working together. For non-fiction and informative books, I expect some sort of structure, with information building up to something. I didn't get that sense here. I feel like I have to mine for those little tidbits of gold when it should be presented in a proper way. So far, the 32 page spread layout has been the most informative. However, couldn't the author use an example that is more in line with the structure? Instead, the author uses an example where there is a double page difference. Apparently, the story is too long and the author had to sacrifice the papers stuck down to the cover. It's like watching a movie with an audio lag. The author doesn't really explain either what the purpose of those stuck down pages are. If they could freely leave it be, why have it in the first place? Perhaps I'm prompted to write this review because the author wrote, "If this all sounds complicated and confusing then do not worry: it will soon become apparent how it works when the dummy is in front of you." In my head, I'm thinking, "NO! Just explain it better!" But seriously, a little tweaking in the presentation would do this book a world of good.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I am not a big fan of this illustrator's "style" but he has excellent advice and I appreciate that he understands that everyone works differently. The book takes in consideration that illustrators use a variety of media and work in different ways. I am not a big fan of this illustrator's "style" but he has excellent advice and I appreciate that he understands that everyone works differently. The book takes in consideration that illustrators use a variety of media and work in different ways.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Sloppy and badly executed, like the author couldn't be bothered to make any real effort and believes that acceptable for publication. Don't waste your time. Sloppy and badly executed, like the author couldn't be bothered to make any real effort and believes that acceptable for publication. Don't waste your time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    PJ Ebbrell

    Superb book. It covers the basics and shows a lot of how to create illustrations and children's books. Some great projects work. So good, I bought a copy! Superb book. It covers the basics and shows a lot of how to create illustrations and children's books. Some great projects work. So good, I bought a copy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    mcarlagela

  6. 4 out of 5

    David W.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jazmin

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tania Panova

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane Mcwhirter

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helen Wilkinson

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zeina

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cail

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ewa Jedlinska

  15. 4 out of 5

    Annukka

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Newman

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris Watson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Hamilton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn A. Schuetze

  22. 5 out of 5

    A.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ella

  24. 4 out of 5

    G W J Lloyd

  25. 4 out of 5

    Audrey L. Taylor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maya Vincent

  27. 5 out of 5

    D Murgatroyd

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terry Eagling

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Cogdill

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