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The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316507814
LANGUAGE:English

" 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.

"This book is perfect for all ages. Simple format - prompt then response - but filled with SO MUCH GREATNESS. I had a blast reading through and seeing how these insanely creative minds took a prompt and ran with it. I loved when my mind went a certain way after reading the prompt and then when I'd read the response I was totally mind blown. We (me and my kids) were reading some of them this morning before school and laughing. Great book to gift both kids and teachers. Really a lot of fun. I enjoyed the way it was organized, too - at the back there was a brief bio of each author and then there is an index where you can search by author as well. Makes it a versatile resource. " said.

"This is a book I will definitely read over and over again. Colby Sharp asked writers to submit two writing prompts. He then sent those prompts back out to the authors. Each other was asked to pick one of the two prompts someone else had written and write. There were no guidelines. The prompts were small cartoons, poems, words, sentences. The stories and poems that came out were wonderful. I read through it the first time in a couple of hours. Now I want to go through and mark those I want to use with my students. I also want to have my students do something similar in the classroom. This book is awesome. I definitely recommend it to anyone young or old who loves to write." said.

"This book is a game changer. Teacher, literacy advocate, and book lover Colby Sharp brought together creatives to create and respond to prompts. And it is magical.

I laughed, cried, shouted, and shivered my way though this collaborative masterpiece. I feel inspired to create new pieces myself and with my students, and I am honored to have had access to this book prior to its publication through Colby’s generosity with our #bookexpedition crew.

The only downside? That I have to wait until March 2018 to get it into the hands of my students. But the end of the school year will be that much better!!
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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.

" A book needed to inspire middle grade readers & writers! I devoured this book over the summer! The writing prompts, pictures & short stories are a must for any classroom. An innovate idea & format. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy (or two) fir your classroom! " said.

" The most fun part of this, is trying a few of the prompts yourself, or having your students try, and then reading what direction some of your favorite authors took it. Some of my students marveled at just how talented and creative some writers can be (Lemony Snicket's response to Kate DiCamillo was a favorite) and some students felt like they were more creative than some of their favorite authors. Which was inspiring! " said.

" My students and I are enthralled with The Creativity Project. It truly is an “awesometastic” resource for inspiring creativity in your writers. Highly recommend. " said.

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