Saturday, July 22, 2006

Write the Book

For anyone who's ever tried to write a book, or even just thought about writing a book, I have a book for you. It's not Bird By Bird, nor is it Writing Down the Bones. It's neither The Artist's Way nor The "I Hate Kids' Books So I'm Going to Write My Own!" Guide to Writing Books for Children. It's not even The Weekend Novelist. No, no, no. All you need is this Easy Reader:

Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book, by Cynthia Rylant

Here is an excerpt:

Mr. Putter spent three minutes on his title and four hours on his snack. Then he took a nap. Mystery writing was not easy work.

It is Mrs. Teaberry, Mr. Putter's next-door neighbor, who comes up with the true punchline of the book (and a swell review). I won't spoil it for you, though. Request Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book from your library today! (Or soon. After you finish making your snack and taking your bath, of course.)


HitManJ said...

WOW! First comment? On such a great post! When I was in grade school, I had to write books. They were 5 pages or so, and one or two lines per page, but I got to do my own illustration!

Looks like a cute book.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Hey J! It's good to see you. I got to do books in grade school, too. My first book had one line per page, and it was about the blue whale. The "picture-story" pages were cool, too. At the end of each quarter, the teacher helped us put those large pages into one big book.

All hail the mighty might of the stapler.

Nonny said...

I could use all the writing help I can get ;)

Is this a new book? I've never heard of it. Not that I'm the expert you are, but I do go to the library with the kids and Barnes and Noble and I've not seen it.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Hey Nonny,
The specific book is pretty new, but Mr. Putter and Tabby have been around for awhile. The Beginning Readers books are often shelved separately from the chapter-books and picture-books.