Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldon’s Gruffalo books, describes how he invented the much-loved character. “A Gruffalo should look frightening but cute.’”
A great video to introduce students and teachers to the process of making picture books. He is sure to become a class favourite.
Watch Quentin Blake as he creates a picture-book from early ideas to finished pages in only 10 minutes. Several other interviews with Blake can be found at this site as well.
Picture books are quick reads, lots of fun, and are often gems of characterization, mood, and dialogue. This article shows that they are also great for teaching logical plot organization. (Grade 2+)