Flights of Fancy by various

You can’t call this book poor value. It crams in contributions from all 10 Children’s Laureates so far, each offering pro tips and advice to aspiring young authors and illustrators.

So if you want to know how Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Chris Riddell or Lauren Child approach drawing, look here. If you’re into poetry, wordplay and rhymes, Michael Rosen and Julia Donaldson give masterclasses. If you’d like to read new stories by Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Malorie Blackman, and discover the process behind writing the tales, this is the place to come. There’s also a lovely, eccentric piece on “ex libris” bookplates by Anne Fine.

Flights of Fancy is designed to foster imagination and self-expression. Its insights are inspiring, with the focus not just on the nuts and bolts of creativity but the fun of it.

Flights of Fancy, by various, Walker Books, RRP£12.99, 80 pages

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