Make your own picture book with this hilarious, activity-filled guide from award-winning author Elys Dolan.

Ever wanted to make your own picture book? Award-winning author Elys Dolan shows you how - with the help of her very enthusiastic assistant, Bert. From finding a brilliant idea to using colour and space to tell your story, this entertaining guide is packed with activities, tips and jokes. Find inspiration, grab your pens and pencils, and get making!


Elys Dolan makes picture-books about everything from seagull detectives to capitalist bunny rabbits, weasels plotting world domination and marauding doughnuts. She was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Weasels and the Branford Boase for Knighthood for Beginners, and won the inaugural STEAM Children's Book Prize for How the Borks Became and the prestigious Lollies Prize for My Bunny's Chocolate Factory. She is also a lecturer on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.


This book would be a worthwhile visual resource for primary school aged children to the process of writing and constructing a picture book. It is light and entertaining and offers some wonderful ideas to help children along the way.


This is a truly awesome book for kids. It’s kid-friendly and encouraging. It will inspire kids of all ages to pick up a pen and get to work. It’s also injected with humour and silliness, appealing to even the most reluctant of creatives… It’s a must-have for classrooms and every budding young storyteller.

Kids Book Review

A most instructive non fiction picture book on how to create your own picture book will be a handy guide for parents and teachers to try out with their children.The very funny story of the pizza delivery dinosaur will keep people reading to the end.

Magpies Magazine

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