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The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-01 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316507814
LANGUAGE:English

"Phenomenal, the word author Colby Sharp usually uses to praise a book, well Colby, we are using it to describe your book!

The Creativity Project will be released this coming week and although I’ve read the ARC, I’ve preordered this book! You should too!

It is a collection of prompts and responses from many of literatures great writers and illustrators! (I can’t even list all the wonderful collaborators, so here are a few: Jess Keating, Peter Brown, Dan Santat, Lisa Brown, Mr. Schu, Debbie Ohi Ridpath abs so many more!

It is a MUST for classrooms! The creativity that pours through the pages are such good models for kids. It shows how a line, a story, poem or drawing, can take you anywhere! It’s also great to show the kids more creations from some of the most beloved children’s book creators! .

What’s also fun is in the back of the book are more prompts that have no responses and are awaiting your student’s creativity to step in!
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"Full review to come. For now, here's a short blurb:

“Colby Sharp’s The Creativity Project is an endearing collection of wonderfully crafted literary pieces. It contains everything for every kind of reader from graphic novel enthusiasts, poets, to aspiring artists and writers. It was amazing to see such short and idealistic prompts come to life through the efforts and talents of more than 40 celebrated authors and I’m quite sure that this collaborative work of art has the ability to help inspire all kinds of bibliophiles to make a piece for themselves through the various prompts given by the authors towards the ending of the book. I, personally, can’t wait to show everyone mine. So go ahead, and pick this book up. Just be sure to have some pens and paper handy.”

Huge thanks to my friends from Hachette Books / The NOVL for sending me a review copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.
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"This book had my head swirling with ideas of how I could share it in my K-5 elementary building. The first part of the book is a compilation of stories/comics/poems that authors we already know and love wrote based on prompts given to each other. (Sounds more complicated than it actually is.) So initially, I was trying to decide if this book would be a great to give to students as part of their summer reading. I think it would, but I eventually decided that an even better idea would be to give copies to the teachers. A lot of these prompts would be great for mentor texts for when students are struggling with creativity or coming up with ideas. A few of the authors even added a note explaining their process or why they wrote what they chose to write which could be beneficial.

The last part of the book are a whole new set of prompts, designed for the reader to use to create their own masterpieces. This part of the book makes it one that the owner of the book can go back to over and over again. I think it would be ideal for kids who are already creative thinkers or those who need that little extra push to get those juices flowing.
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""Awesometastic" is right on the nose, a perfect portmanteau for this hybrid text of challenges and responses from a lovely rogue's gallery of 44 contemporary authors whose works run the gamut of literary styles and text forms. Bonus: there's ample invitation to play along with the 44 answered prompts and 44 fresh ones. Like the "Anti-Coloring Book" my parents gave me in the 70s to spur my creativity for a new generation, the pull to create is irresistible here. In full disclosure, I know Colby, admire his work greatly, and will be proud to serve with him on the Michigan Reading Association Board of Directors over the next few years." said.

"I have been teaching creative writing for nearly twenty years and there are very few books I recommend to my students. (Bird by bird, What If? On Writing) I am not generally a fan of the How-to-write book. In fact, I don't think you can really "teach" creative writing. You can provide opportunities to write, give prompts, lots of encouragement and then give feed back (and even that can be flawed!) ..but basically you just need to WRITE and write and write and get better.
The Creativity Project does just that, it gives traditional prompts and untraditional prompts and then (in a very "creative and unusual way) shows how other artists have interpreted those prompts in traditional and untraditional ways.
After all, writing is an art form..what better way than to show kids, art is about bending and breaking rules. And doing it well! I will be using this book and adding it to my very short list of books I use to inspire me!
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" This book makes a set of mentor text and can be used with Ralph Fletcher’s Joy Write as an actionable way to play with language. Excited to try some prompts myself, and with kids. " said.

" This was absolutely stellar. What a fantastic and inspiring concept for a book. " said.

" Opening this book is like diving into a lake made of magic. The prompts are outstanding, and the responses even BETTER than you’d expect (despite a line-up of some of the best writers in children’s literature). This should be on the shelves of every teacher’s classroom and in the heart of every creator. " said.

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