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Show Me a Story!: 12/02/18

Show Me a Story!

Show Me a Story! by Leonard S. Marcus is a collection of twenty-one "interviews" with children's book illustrators. The blurb promises exciting behind the scenes views of where the artists get their inspiration, how they work, and so forth.

Oh how I wish that were true. You'd think that a book called Show Me a story would be more show than tell. You'd think there would be numerous spreads with sketches, final illustrations, diagrams, and captions. Nope.

I managed to read five of the interviews. Interviews, though, isn't really the right world. Transcripts might be better. The author apparently sat the illustrators down and told them to just talk and then wrote everything down. Without much in the way of direction, these transcripts are rambling and dull.

Remember, these are visual people. They create art for a living. It might have made more sense to both the illustrator and the reader if they had been given a chance to actually show their thought process.

One star

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