cover image How to Make a Book (About My Dog)

How to Make a Book (About My Dog)

Chris Barton, illus. by Sarah Horne. Millbrook, $19.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5415-8128-9

Aiming to unveil the process behind book creation, Barton walks readers through the steps of writing a nonfiction picture book about his dog in this elucidative meta-story following its own production. Starting with researching and writing the manuscript, the conversational narrative patiently offers next steps: “My agent will share the manuscript with someone who works for the publishing company that’s going to turn my story into an actual book.” The revision process and illustrator selection are covered in turn. Horne offers brightly colored graphic art, including flow charts with speech bubbles and arrows, plus a cast of cartoon-style humans in a range of skin tones, rendered in Indian ink with a dip pen and colored digitally. While publishing staff are not surveyed in-depth, aspiring authors will find the volume intriguing. Ages 6–10. (Oct.)