Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from Publisher
Book advocate Colby Sharp presents more than forty beloved, award-winning, diverse and bestselling authors and illustrators in a creative challenge!
Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.
The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator!
Note: One of the contributors to this anthology is problematic but I chose to review this he is only a tiny part of the collection and it functions well enough if I ignore his parts.
With contributors like Tom Angleberger, Jessixa Bagley, Tracey Baptiste, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, Kate DiCamillo, Margarita Engle, Deborah Freedman, Adam Gidwitz, Chris Grabenstein, Jennifer L. Holm, Victoria Jamieson, Travis Jonker, Jess Keating, Laurie Keller, Jarret J. Krosoczka, Kirby Larson, Minh Lê, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Daniel Nayeri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Debbie Ohi, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Dan Santat, Gary Schmidt, John Schu, Colby Sharp, Bob Shea, Liesl Shurtliff, Lemony Snicket, Laurel Snyder, Javaka Steptoe, Mariko Tamaki, Linda Urban, Frank Viva, and Kat Yeh, this collection is star studded and full of verve. Using a variety of mediums (prose, poetry, and graphic art), contributors seek to complete prompts given to them by their fellow writers. They in turn give prompts to the writers whose prompts they completed.
This collection presents a fascinating look at how stories are told and how creativity can be nurtured. When I was younger, I truly thought that one had to wait for the muse to strike before creating any thing and while this is true in some cases, writing, like anything else, requires discipline and practice. Creativity is an ever present well–well okay, this well does get depleted sometimes but you just need to refill it at those times. My point is, stories take nurturing and reading the responses to the prompts and the prompts themselves brings this very thing to light.
This book contains prompts for readers at the book and would be amazing to use in a class like creative writing where students would be able to see professional writers react to media and prompts very much like they have to. I enjoyed The Creativity Project and I reckon many of you will as well.