“The Creativity Project” by Colby Sharp is a creative book that brings together 41 authors in short story format. Authors were sent by mail a request to write a prompt and a response to a prompt. Then, the responses and prompts were put together into a book. One example is the prompt “Get on any method of public transportation (bus, subway, school bus, train, plane) with a notebook and pen. Write down five overheard sentences from five different people. Take one of those sentences and use it as the opening line in a very short story (less than 500 words) that is told entirely in dialogue.” That prompt was by Kate Dicamillo, and the response was by Lemony Snicket. The response started with “I want to make myself perfectly clear. Do you understand?” and continued on into a story about transparency (disappearing, becoming invisible). This novel was an awesome idea by Colby Sharp.
The book has more than 100 entries of drawings, responses and prompts, and each one was different. It even had a small comic strip. My favorite story was one about farming stuffed animals that grow on trees, and then selling them to toy companies. This was a great collection, but I think that I would have liked it better if the stories were longer, and Colby put in his own prompts and responses. I did recognize some authors though, like Chris Grabenstein and Lemony Snicket.
This is a great book for really anyone. It was 266 pages long, so a relatively easy read, and so interesting that I picked it up whenever I could. Even though this suits everyone, I think that the ideal age group is ages 10 to 14. This is because I feel like if you are under the age of 10, some of the references and story turns made by authors will, for lack of better statement, “Go over your head.” If you are over the age of 14, you might find the stories not as interesting, since most of the authors are children’s authors. Also, you will probably not get the same “read whenever I can” feeling. But altogether, this is a good idea that turned out stellar.