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The Way to Write for Children: An Introduction to the Craft of Writing Children's Literature

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In addressing "the way to write for children," Joan Aiken starts at the beginning. Is writing a children's book as simple as it looks? Do you want to write for children or about them? Do you want to write a picture book for young children, a book for new readers, or a chapter book for preteens? Why is Beatrix Potter so beloved? E. Nesbit? A. A. Milne? Maurice Sendak?

Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1982)
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Ahmed Alaa El-din
Feb 10, 2016 Ahmed Alaa El-din rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بدأت قراءة هذا الكتاب وفي نيتي تعلم كيفية الكتابة للأطفال ، ولكني وجدت كتاب قيم جدا يمكنه ان يقدم نصائح غاية في الذكاء والدقة حول مهارات الكتابة بشكل عام وليس للأطفال فقط
عيب الكتاب الوحيد انه ليس عربيا ، لذا ستجده كثيرا ما يتحدث عن اشياء تخص البيئة والثقافة الغربية ، وستجد بعض النصائح والحقائق والافكار لا تتلائم مع بيئتنا العربية،لكن هذا لا يقلل من مدى قيمة الكتاب لكل شخص مهتم بالكتابة خاصة المبتدئين امثالي

ترجمة الكتاب اكثر من رائعة ومجهود مميز من المترجمين
معتز عناني

التعليم في الصغر كالنقش على الحجر

والنقش على الحجر ،، لا يشابه الفنون التقليدية
يحتاج الي الصبر والدأب والحرص على التفاصيل
ولذلك كتابات الأطفال ،، أدوم عمراً ، أكثر جهداً


مجموعة من النصائح لكتاب الأطفال ، او المهتمين بكتب الأطفال

على الكاتب أن يدرك الفارق بين أن يكتب عن الأطفال او يكتب للأطفال فهناك قصص موجهة في ظاهرها للأطفال ، ولكنها موجهة للكبار، ومن تلك الخصائص الواجب ادراكها ، القراء الكبار ، كثيراً ما يبحثون عن ما يلهيهم من روتينهم اليومي ، ويبحثون عن القصص السهلة ، اما النش
Dec 21, 2011 Willa rated it really liked it
This is a reread. I've had this book on my shelves since my pre-college years when I aspired to be a writer. It is by Joan Aiken, whose children's books I loved as a child.... Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Nightbirds of Nantucket, and Black Hearts in Battersea being some of the titles I still have on my bookshelves.

It's a pleasure to reread something like this with the advantage of almost a quarter century more of experience and information. I think I probably take some of what she says with more
Nov 27, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
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This is terrific, great advice and also a little humor from one of the masters.
Feb 24, 2014 Dashka rated it really liked it
Cranky as only a British children's author can be, and wonderfully quotable, Aiken here is writing for the rank beginner. Still, one suspects that only more advanced writers will have any idea why she's so irascible on the subject of children's literature or perceive how profound her suggestions and generalizations are, whether or not they are about children's books per se. An example: "Children may be fiends in all kinds of ways, but they are not hypocrites." Highly recommended.
Mar 06, 2015 Alisson rated it really liked it
Having written six novels for adults, and desiring to write for children for the first time, I picked up this book because I love the author's Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I knew a lot of the things it said already, because I had written adult books, but there were some good gems in here which have helped me as I am now writing my first children's book. She also is extremely well-read, has an array of excellent quotes in the book, and writes very well.
K.l. Bester
Oct 29, 2015 K.l. Bester rated it really liked it
Some outdated information, but, for the most part, this was an engaging and entertaining book about writing for children.
Kate Merriman
Jun 13, 2016 Kate Merriman rated it it was amazing
Again, thank you Daniel Handler!
Alaa Gamal
Dec 28, 2015 Alaa Gamal is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جميل وملهم جدا
Tysseer Harak
Apr 26, 2016 Tysseer Harak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جميل ومختصر وغير معقد
Deborah Watring-Ellis
Apr 12, 2013 Deborah Watring-Ellis rated it it was ok
I've had this book for many years and just re-read it. It is dated (originally published in 1988, updated in 1999), but I got some good ideas. It is very focused on some practical and (I think) mechanical aspects of writing for children. Doesn't matter. I took away some inspiring ideas.
Alaa Saleh
Apr 06, 2016 Alaa Saleh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الكتاب جميل أعاد الىّ ذكرياتي مع القراءة أيام الطفولة والمراهقة،
عاودتني تلك الرغبة الملحة كي اتفقد قصصي القديمة-المفقودة منذ زمن-ورقة ورقة والتأكد من أن أوراقها مصقولة لامعة بلا انثناءة واحدة ثم معاودة قراءتها تكرار ومرارا..

Sam Pope
Aug 23, 2013 Sam Pope rated it really liked it
A useful and at times funny book about writing for children. Perhaps a little dated for today's more technical society and some of the rules laid down were disputable. Very interesting though if you want to write for children (obviously!)
Jul 14, 2012 Kelsey marked it as to-read
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I rescued this book from under a friend's couch, where it was being cruelly bent in half between the carpet and the couch-leg, and adopted it. Poor book. It's had a tough life.
Simple and practical. Has a few gems in it, but not terribly inspiring.
Jessica Linn Evans
Dec 16, 2013 Jessica Linn Evans rated it really liked it
Helpful. Witty. British.
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Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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