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Art Panels, BAM! Speech Bubbles, POW!: Writing Your Own Graphic Novel
Art Panels, BAM! Speech Bubbles, POW!: Writing Your Own Graphic Novel
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Art Panels, BAM! Speech Bubbles, POW!: Writing Your Own Graphic Novel

Ready to build a graphic novel? First, you’ll need the right tools. Open this title in the Writer’s Toolbox series and discover plenty of tips and tools to get you started. Soon you’ll be filling panels, boxes, and bubbles like a pro!

Age Level7-9 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-4
Trim Size11 x 9
Page Count32



School Library Journal, "Focus On: Word Craft" - Barbara Wysocki

"Easy, direct, step-by-step instructions demystify graphic novels and related cartoon-based texts. Bright, uncomplicated spreads illustrate the process and include useful information about elements such as narrative boxes, thumbnail sketches, and speech bubbles. Adaptable for primary-grade use while interested upper-grade students will solo to success." - School Library Journal, "Focus On: Word Craft"

October 1, 2011

Booklist - Ian Chipman

"Two new entries in the picture-book-size Writer’s Toolbox series explore two very different mediums—plays and comics—but, taken together, underscore the importance of basic fundamentals in effective writing. Both books combine original artwork and a number of “Tools” to get the creative juices flowing. Action! uses the classic story of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt to illuminate the 14 tools budding playwrights should keep in their arsenal, ranging from suggestions to plan out and cast your story first, to tips about stage directions, dialogue, and props. Throughout, Beacon’s art depicts scenes of the two J. J. J. Schmidts engaged in goofy high jinks alongside excerpts from the script. Art Panels, Bam! Speech Bubbles, Pow! features a young girl creating a comic about a dog and his lost bone and starts out with fairly broad directives to read other graphic novels for inspiration and brainstorm story ideas, before getting into graphic-novel-specific tips on laying out panel arrangements and dabbling in emanata and speech bubbles. When the tools get a bit vague (like how exactly to go about making thumbnail sketches), the art picks up the slack to more clearly convey what is being discussed. A handful of “Getting Started Exercises” provide even more fodder for artistic inspiration in these genuinely good-natured and helpful introductions to creative writing." - Booklist

March 15, 2011

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota, where she waterskied on the Mississippi River, played basketball, and skateboarded. She has written more than forty books for children and taught creative writing to children and teens. Trisha received a 2012 Minnesota State Artist’s Initiative Grant. She won the 2009 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, Loft Award in Children’s Literature/Older Children. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen Shaskan, who is a children’s book author and illustrator.

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