Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Review: Advice to the Young Writers of Parkview Elementary
CANDLE LIGHT PRESS – @candlelightpres
WRITER: John Ira Thomas
ARTISTS: Will Grant, John Ira Thomas
24pp, B&W, $3.00 U.S.
Hey, kids! (A book about writing) Comics! (by a comic book writer)!
Advice to the Young Writers of Parkview Elementary is the sixth entry in Candle Light Press' Fragmenta series. Written by John Ira Thomas with pictures and illustrations by Thomas and artist Will Grant, Advice to the Young Writers of Parkview Elementary is a 5.5 x 7 pamphlet that collects Thomas' advice to the 3rd-5th graders of Parkview Elementary in Lamar, Colorado.
Thomas did his first writing, as a child, at Parkview Elementary. The comic book writer and publisher got a chance to speak to the school's kids and teachers. Thomas says that one of the thank-you notes he received after his visit asked, “Will you make a comic about your visit to Parkview?” The answer is yes, and the result is an illustrated book, Advice to the Young Writers of Parkview Elementary.
This sixth Fragmenta publication encourages writers young and old to write the biggest thing they’ve ever tried, be it a paragraph, a page, or a book. Word balloons and captions added to the illustrations and drawings give this pamphlet a comic book touch.
I think Advice to the Young Writers of Parkview Elementary is a combination children's picture book and comic book. Many young readers who aspire to be writers will embrace this book's encouragements. Of course, anything with Will Grant's pencil drawings, with their Wally Wood-like quality, is worth having. Comic book readers, especially young readers, will want Advice to the Young Writers of Parkview Elementary.
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