Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Colby Sharp, co-founder of The Nerdy Book Club, embarked on a creativity project with 44 children’s book authors and illustrators, who were each invited to create two prompts. Mr. Sharp then sent them two prompts from other artists and asked them to create something based on one of them. This book is the result: a collection of poems, stories, artwork, and comics. Each one shows the prompt that was given (and who made it up), followed by the creative work it inspired. The names will be familiar to any fan of children’s literature: Lemony Snicket, Jennifer Holm, Dan Santat, Victoria Jamieson, and many, many more. The final section, entitled “Prompts for You” includes intriguing text and pictures to inspire readers. Includes brief biographies of all the contributors and an index. 288 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: This unusual book is fun to read (especially for us nerdy children’s book fans) and an inspiring look at the creative process. There were some fun surprises (a deliciously creepy tale by Dav Pilkey comes to mind) and enough different genres to keep things interesting. The prompts at the end will make you want to cast everything else in your life aside and start writing.
Cons: It takes some persistence to plow through the whole book, and a few of the entries seemed like the writers kind of phoned it in.