Review: The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection edited by Colby Sharp

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection edited by Colby Sharp
Genre: Middle Grade Short Story Collection, Writing, Contemporary, Fiction
Publication: March 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: No. Standalone.
Length: 304 pages
Format: ARC from Hachette Book Group US
Rating: ★★★★★

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Book advocate Colby Sharp presents more than forty beloved, award-winning, diverse and bestselling authors and illustrators in a creative challenge!

Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.

The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator!

With contributions by Sherman Alexie, Tom Angleberger, Jessixa Bagley, Tracey Baptiste, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, Kate DiCamillo, Margarita Engle, Deborah Freedman, Adam Gidwitz, Chris Grabenstein, Jennifer L. Holm, Victoria Jamieson, Travis Jonker, Jess Keating, Laurie Keller, Jarret J. Krosoczka, Kirby Larson, Minh Lê, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Daniel Nayeri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Debbie Ohi, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Dan Santat, Gary Schmidt, John Schu, Colby Sharp, Bob Shea, Liesl Shurtliff, Lemony Snicket, Laurel Snyder, Javaka Steptoe, Mariko Tamaki, Linda Urban, Frank Viva, and Kat Yeh.

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Huge thanks to my friends from Hachette Book Group US and Ms. Isa Jacinto for sending me a finished hardcover copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.


When I received a review copy of The Creativity Project in the mail from my friends at Hachette, my first thought was that I really loved the idea of this short story collection. I loved how each and every entry were all inspired by prompts from other authors, and the responses, as I have already read, were all very well thought of, and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed at how well everyone was able to respond to their respective cues. Read on for a detailed review of Colby Sharp’s latest masterpiece.

I adored the mix of literature found inside The Creativity Project. There were narratives, poems, comics, and even actual graphics and pictures that all helped prove how inventive and well-received the concept of the story is. I was also very amazed at how seemingly effortless the responses were and it enlightened me to know how creativity sometimes works, especially for celebrated authors. All the responses were impressive, and I find that this book won’t only benefit Middle Graders, but it can also enlighten teens, young adults, adults, basically anyone who considers themselves a reader, but most especially, aspiring writers. And I can’t wait to know how this story sparked everyone’s creative juices.

“Colby Sharp’s The Creativity Project is an endearing collection of wonderfully crafted literary pieces. It contains everything for every kind of reader from graphic novel enthusiasts, poets, to aspiring artists and writers. It was amazing to see such short and idealistic prompts come to life through the efforts and talents of more than 40 celebrated authors and I’m quite sure that this collaborative work of art has the ability to help inspire all kinds of bibliophiles to make a piece for themselves through the various prompts given by the authors towards the ending of the book. I, personally, can’t wait to show everyone mine. So go ahead, and pick this book up. Just be sure to have some pens and paper handy.”


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Have YOU read The Creativity Project yet? If not, be sure to check out once it’s out! And once you do, let me know what you think of it down below in the comments section!

Now, just to share, I finally had the guts to try my hands on writing after having read this book. I read the book, and I also went through the prompts for readers given by the authors. I’m excited to share with y’all that I’m trying to write a short story with prompts from Mariko Tamaki and Colby Sharp. Here’s a few details about my new WIP:

Mariko Tamaki’s prompt:

“Somewhere between 11:36 PM and 11:59 PM, New Year’s Eve.”

Colby Sharp’s prompt:

“It was all my fault.”

I haven’t had the chance to write more than 200 words, but rest assured that I’ll share it with y’all once I work out the story’s outline. I can’t wait!

Now, why am I sharing this? This is to show everyone how The Creativity Project helped spark something in me. Something intangible that I have never, in my 22 years of existence, felt before. I’ve been dreaming of writing my own story for years now, but I have never felt that push. Only until after I finished reading The Creativity Project did I feel empowered enough to start writing. I can only hope this book can help inspire you too.

Arctic Books general graphics JMJM is a 21 year old blogger from Manila. He has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Managment mainly because it was too late when he discovered that literature and publishing is his true calling. He enjoys reading contemporary and fantasy novels as much as he enjoys playing video games and baking pastries. You may find him on TwitterInstagram, and on Goodreads.



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