Any Questions?

Any Questions?

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Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay's new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story. Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, pencilled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,, 2014
ISBN: 9781554983827
Branch Call Number: j808.3 GAY NVD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm


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SPL_Kids Jul 16, 2015

Any Questions? By Marie-Louise Gay, 42 pages.
@ SPL: JP Gay
“Where does a story start?” “Where do your ideas come from?” “How many books do you make in one day?” “Do you put a cat in every book?” “Can your cat fly?” and “Have you ever touched a snake?” are just some of the many questions that writer / illustrator Mary-Louise Gay (creator of the much-loved Stella and Sam stories) has been asked over the years by curious young readers across Canada.
The author, who welcomes questions (“If you don’t ask questions, how on earth will you get any answers?) has created an engaging picture book to provide some answers.
In the book an imaginary group of children collaborates with the author to write and illustrate a tale.
The process begins with a blank white page, on which ideas, words, doodles, scribbles, lines, shapes and splashes of colour are placed. Gradually they become sentences, a narrative, characters and pictures. Finally, a brand new story is created.
And what a story it is! Featuring a shy giant and a most fearsome “abominable, wretched, ferocious” beast, it ends, appropriately, with the reading aloud of a second story.
The brief appearances of various favourite characters from the author’s previous picture books – such as Stella and Sam – give added appeal to this story-within-a-story.
The author treats the children’s questions about the creative process with respect and honesty in her book. For example, she admits that there are times when she has no ideas
It’s intriguing to see how very closely the narrative and images of Mary-Louise Gay’s picture books are intertwined. Sometimes the pictures come first, inspiring the story; sometimes it’s the opposite.
But, you ask, CAN the author’s cat fly and HAS she ever touched a snake?
That could be a story for another day!
** Recommended for ages 5 to 9 years.

Jul 11, 2015

Any Questions book was great
A ZILLION KIDS has questions,
even ME!

all of the kids in the story told
Questions about how to make a story and Gillions of other

In TV* Sam has a lot of questions
( *little brothers are alike)

Dina_18 Mar 10, 2015

The book is way to long for an easy book. My grandson is 3 and did not like it. This book should be a juvenile book and not an easy.

Mar 05, 2015

Marie-Louise Gay begins by talking about how she had many questions as a child. Then she talks about how children ask her many questions now. She then moves on to her writing process. She talks about how she begins with possible stories and then rewrites or starts over as needed. She includes a story within this story as she shows her writing process.

The illustrations are done in a mix of watercolor, pencil, pastel, ink, colored pencil and collage. They are colorful and interesting, but terrible busy.

I had a very difficult time following this book. There were children on most pages with many speech bubbles that were telling a separate story from the main text. My eyes often didn't know where to go next. I felt as if I were reading a story within a story within a story and I didn't enjoy digging in to find what was most important. If reading this aloud to share information about the writing process, I would recommend reading it yourself fully first and choosing which text to read rather than reading all of it. This would be far less confusing to children.

Jan 27, 2015

This book is fantastic! Using a story form, the author answers children's questions about how to get ideas to write, how to keep a story going, and using interesting words to make writing and reading more fun. With the Common Core standards focusing on writing skills at a younger age (which I believe is great!), this book should help all young readers with sentence, paragraph, and story structure and writing. I highly recommend it, especially for Grade Levels K-3.

Club Dec 04, 2014

Livre qui parle du processus d'ecriture. Bon livre pour une visite de classe 4e annee.

Nov 06, 2014

A lovely blend of the author's insights into her writing process and an original story. The illustrations create a setting that in a way becomes a character in itself. Gay's much loved characters from her many books accompany the author and interact with her. A very special book, especially for the creative and curious types.

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