How This Book Was Made

You may think you know how this book was made, but you don’t. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How’d it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.

New York Times best-selling creators Mac Barnett and Adam Rex reveal the nitty gritty process of making a book . . . with a few unexpected twists along the way! Budding writers and artists will laugh at the mix of reality and the absurd as the story makes its way to a shelf, and a reader.

Chloe and the Lion

Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round.  But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from-“Wait! It’s supposed to be a lion,” says Mac Barnett, the author of this book.  But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don’t you agree?).  Mac’s power of the pen is at odds with Adam’s brush, and Chloe’s story hangs in the balance.

Can she help them out of this quandary to be the heroine of her own story?  Mac Barnett and Adam Rex are a dynamic duo, and two of the strongest contemporary voices in picture books today.

In an accessible and funny way, Chloe and the Lion talks about the creative process and the joys and trials of collaboration.

Moonday

What do you do when the moon lowers itself into your backyard? When mornings are replaced by perpetual night, and people sigh-sleep in their eyes. What do you do when the tide comes in, and all the neighborhood dogs won’t stop howling?

You take the moon for a ride.

Adam Rex creates a fantastic tale that is both imaginative and beautiful; one that blurs the line between dreams and reality.