By Kathleen T. Horning
The revised variation of From disguise to hide bargains a clean, up to date examine the superior examples of kid's literature at the present time and in addition contains functional suggestion on tips on how to write essentially articulated, reasoned critiques in order that others can find out about books they've got now not but learn. a quick, up-to-date advent explains how kid's books evolve from manuscripts into certain books, the significance of the numerous diverse components of a e-book (jacket flaps, identify web page, copyright, etc.), and adjustments within the kid's e-book undefined, akin to the production of 2 new significant style awards. furthermore, the writer demonstrates the right way to take into consideration and significantly assessment a number of varied genres of kid's books. incorporated are sections approximately books of knowledge (and the author's accountability to record sources); conventional literature (myths, legends, tall stories, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; photograph books; effortless readers and standard books; and fiction and picture novels. there's additionally a concluding bankruptcy on how you can write reports which are either descriptive and analytical, in addition to a phase on kid's literature blogs. From hide to hide is a useful source for all execs who desire to write booklet reviews that transcend an easy own reaction.
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Both text and illustrations should show a realistic diversity of different types of people. An excellent example of how an author’s or illustrator’s responsible choices in this area enhance the material is Hominids: A Look Back at Our Ancestors, by Helen Roney Sattler, illustrated by Christopher Santoro. Both the author and illustrator have avoided the white male bias that has been prevalent in studies of human evolution for decades simply by taking a broader—and more realistic—view of the human family.
Books are composed of sheets of paper called leaves. The right-hand page of the leaf is the recto page; the page on the reverse side is the verso (the left-hand page). FRONT MATTER Half title: The first page of a book, bearing only the book’s title, with no author or publisher listed. Half-title pages are carryovers from the past, when books were sold without bindings, and half titles served to both identify and protect the pages stacked in bookshops. On the back of the half-title page, the author’s previous books may be listed.
You might recognize the name Sid Fleischman as a writer of children’s novels, for example, but until you read the flap copy of Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, you might not know that he was trained as a magician, a fact that gives him special insight into the subject of his book. Biographical information often reveals that an author has an educational background related to the subject about which he or she is writing. This is not to say that an author must have formal education in a particular field in order to write about it; it is merely the first step the responsible critic takes in a systematic evaluation of a book’s accuracy.