Cover to Cover How a Book is Made by Rob Lewis


Cover to Cover How a Book is Made by Rob Lewis

How are books made? Twice winner of the Tir na n-Og prize, Rob Lewis has been asked so many times how books are made that he's written and illustrated a light-hearted picture book, Cover to Cover, in explanation. It features Rob's trademark sheep as both author and editor.


Have you ever wondered about books and how they appear on the shelves? Enjoy the journey as cartoon sheep, photographs and line drawings take you through the publishing process from authors initial idea to the shop, classroom or library. Written and illustrated by prize-winning Rob Lewis, Cover to Cover describes and shows what goes into the production of a book. Both young and older readers will learn a great deal from this step-by-step expos of the inner workings of Gomer Press personnel, equipment and practical procedures. The undoubted close relationship between author and publishing company shines through. Humorous illustrations, comical commentary and asides accompany the graphics to lighten highly informative text which might have been plodding in different hands. Technical aspects are dealt with in detail with labelled examples and occasional vocabulary highlighted by the use of capitals. As the content reflects the very first sentence - A book starts with a story educators of older primary school pupils may regret the lack of a glossary or index which undermines immediacy as an information or reference book. This book certainly has a story worth telling presented in a manner attractive and accessible to younger confident students at home or for use in school but other, more sophisticated or mature readers, will also enjoy taking the trip from authors inspiration to bookshelf. What better way to mark a printing and publishing companys 120th anniversary than to publish a book for children which showcases both the process and the product? Make sure you have a copy of Cover to Cover on your bookshelf! M. Lorna Herbert Egan It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Rob Lewis is an experienced author and illustrator, his pictures and text combining to produce many delightful picture books for children. He won the Tir na N-Og award in 2003 for Cold Jac and again in 2011 with Three Little Sheep. He lives with his family in Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

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32 pages


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Publication date

20th September 2012



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