How to Write a Children's Picture Book: Learning from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Corduroy, Where the Wild Things Are, The Carrot Seed, Good Night, Gorilla, Sylvest

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E & E Pub., Jan 31, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 202 pages
This volume emphasizes an aspect of children's picture books that has not yet been thoroughly investigated: structure. Both concept books and picture storybooks employ very distinctive structures that, once mastered, can be applied to any picture book you wish to write. When so many of the best picture books employ the same structures, it is important to analyze these structures, understand why they work, and learn how to incorporate them into your own writing. This volume helps you do all that. You will see that no matter how carefully you labor over the tone, word choice, plot, character, setting, theme and style of your picture book, you must have a thorough grasp of its structure if you wish your book to succeed. Indeed, you will find that an expert command of structure is the key to writing a successful children's picture book.

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My gosh! I know you are an established writer, so it puzzles me as to why you would waste anytime trying to sell your 'secrets' to other people who are obviously so disconnected from their own imagination that they are willing to pay someone for advise on how to write a children's book. If you can't imagine a story for children on your own and you are an adult, then you are seeking the wrong resolve. My point is, children don't want to read stories written by adults who had to ask other adults how to write a story. If it doesn't come naturally, well it's not your 'calling.' I am appalled as a young writer that you would even consider charging a fee to help someone have an imagination. As a 13 year old boy, I should know. Shame on you for taking advantage of those who most likely have no chance. If you're that passionate about writing for children, your time may be better served writing a new book as opposed to running a 'for profit' website. I read your books, and I realize why you've resorted to this. Go back to what you love, listen to your heart and write some great stories. Shut this site down and you won't have to bear the shame of finding yourself on Google under 'How to write a children's book.' No harm intended, please don't correct my grammar; I like it rugged. xo 

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