Here's what happened the first time I wrote a book and made three copies (for my then 7 year old nephew - I accidentally made it too advanced for him at that age):
And that's how I turned a good and good hearted idea for a 5 hour project into 16+ hours of labor, $10+ of expended printer ink, and $35 of vanity spending at Office Max.This time, I spent 8 hours on the project, plus (wild guessing) maybe $2 of printer ink, plus $8 to bind two copies at Office Max, for a total expenditure of $10 (not including postage).
Could a book be done faster than 8 hours? To do so, first you should abandon rhyme, rhythm, and meter. Still, you couldn't do it a lot faster. It takes some time to Google age appropriate and subject appropriate pics, then arrange them on pages, then print, then run to Office Max for binding. So, 6-8 hours is about the minimum time it takes (using rudimentary software, at least) from conception to completion.
Tip: next time, I will purchase a higher grade of printer paper. You can see through these pages - to whatever is underneath.
Book of Dangerously Fun Words
Dogs are very dangerous
because they are so huggy.
If you hug and hug
on a dog named Doug
you might become hugzuggy.
Hugzuggy is very dangerous
because it is contagious.
Your Mom gets it
your Dad gets it
they begin to act outrageous!
Outrageous is very dangerous
You might go to the zoo
and shout "Yoo hoo!
Everyone, I'm feeling pandish."
Pandish is very dangerous
because it is a condition.
You feel black and white
all the day and night
and you eat leaves without dimunition.
Dimunition is very dangerous
if it somehow involves shrinkage:
your legs become small,
you're opposite of tall,
what to do?! Take a moment for thinkage!
Thinkage is very dangerous
because it results in ideas,
such as cooking a meal
for a trained baby seal
whose favorite food is green pea-uhs.
Green pea-uhs are very dangerous
because they are tasty and sweet,
you will rub on your tummy
and say "These are yummy!"
Now, whatever else shall I eat?
Eating is very dangerous
because it requires much chewing:
you chew and you chew,
it could happen to you,
you could chew like a cow then start mooing.
Mooing is very dangerous
because it resonates deeply:
if you happen to say
lots of moo ooos today
the cows may become deeply sleepy.
A deeply sleepy cow is very dangerous
because she may soon begin snoring,
she may close her cow eyes
and cow snore to the skies
dreaming of a chance to go soaring.
Walking to the bus stop - first day of school, 2007.