Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story

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Following her highly successful graphic novels, Smile, Sisters, and Ghosts, amongst others, Raina Telgemeier invites her readers to record, draw and share their own stories in her newest addition, Share Your Smile, and the message is encouraging and fun for anyone who wishes to create.

Telgemeier fills her readers in on her process, taking us from the early idea mapping to first pencil sketches, ink and ultimately the collaboration with her colorist. The behind-the-scenes draw is particularly intriguing for writers and illustrators, both young and experienced. She pulls brief examples from her previous works, anecdotal descriptions and colorful family photos helping to illustrate that stories live in every corner, not only front and center, of our lives. Acting as an encouraging guide, she offers several pages of prompts posed as questions to help artists mine their memories. With blank and lined pages, as well as blank panels the young graphic artist has the opportunity to create a journal of their own personal work.

This reads like a personal conversation with a fun, engaging and easygoing friend, the one who shares her sometimes embarrassing, always relatable secrets and keeps yours too.

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Author Raina Telgemeier
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher Graphix
Publish Date 2019-04-30
ISBN 9781338353846
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Issue September 2019
Category Sequential Art


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