This is an in-class project that can be done after reading Jon Scieszka's beautifully illustrated book MATH CURSE. Illustrations are done by Lane Smith.
This project takes two days. On the first day, read MATH CURSE to the class and explain the project. Homework on this day is to create a rough draft. You can give them more or less tiem as needed, but often I find this is enough time (especially if you have slightly longer classes, like blocks). If not, students can either finish the project at home or you can extend the project to be 3 days in class.
After the whole team finishes, I have each class create an "author" page, and anyone who wants to can create a cover page. Then we vote to see what our cover page should be. I put all of the students' pages together in one large book. You just run over to Office Max and they can bind it for you there, really nicely too! I've done this project each time I teach 7th grade (I loop 7th and 8th). Students LOVE to look through old books to find their older siblings!
One time, at the end of 8th grade, I pulled out the book that class made and read it to them. The students just loved flipping through all the pages from one year ago (which is ancient to kids!)
Feel free to print out the examples I included with this lesson to show your students. I blocked out all of my students' names. They tried to write and illustrate in the same style as Scieszka and Smith.