Thursday, June 27, 2019

Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier - ADVISABLE

Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier, 144 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL/ INTERACTIVE WORKBOOK. Graphix/Scholastic (Scholastic Press), 2019. $13.

Content: G.



Using her other published graphic novels, Raina Telgemeier walks readers through the process of writing their own stories. Through Smile she talks about how to draw - faces, and expressions; how to reminisce about your hometown and decide what elements make it special. Sisters helps the reader look at family, and gives ideas about writing your own story from a special family trip or event. Drama brings the reader ideas about writing fiction based on experiences in their own life. She asks questions about school and talks about research; and with Ghosts she talks about writing from another perspective and how important atmosphere is. Telgemeier has provided a very useful workbook.

Great questions to get you thinking about your own stories, tips on drawing and the process of making a graphic panel story. It’s not necessary to have read all of Telgemeier’s books, but her ideas are drawn from them, so it wouldn’t hurt to know them.  This would be a great guide for an individual - especially one who loves Raina Telgemeier, or as a classroom text for a unit on writing your own stories,

Lisa Librarian

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