Today is Day Three of Christie Wright Wild’s PB 14:14…I had fun yesterday, hopping around to several other blogs to read the other entries.
If you are just tuning into the challenge, click here to go to Christie’s blog post where you will find the link up with today’s wonderful entries: http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/day-3-vulture-view-by-april-pulley.html
If a book is going to be enjoyed, it has to be strong in certain elements. And, whether it is an adult murder mystery, a light-hearted teen romance or a picture book, the main character must grab our attention and engage us.
Title: PETER PANDA MELTS DOWN
Author: Artie Bennett
Illustrator: John Nez
Publisher: Blue Apple
Word Count: 500 est
Top 10 Element: Character (and also Rhyme, Pacing, Word Play)
What child wouldn’t identify with this adorable panda bear who gets frustrated and loses his cool? My grandson loved this book the very first time I read it to him – and he has wanted to hear it many times since then….probably because the story is also strong in many of the top ten picture book elements. In fact, we had only read a couple of pages and he was already repeating the refrain: “Peter Panda melts dowwwwnnn!”
And the rhyme and word play are so much fun. Here’s an example:
Á trip to the market can be such a treat.
With oodles, caboodles of great things to eat!
A seat in a shopping cart adds to the joy.
Mama knows just what delights her small boy.
Checkout is done and they head to the car.
But then Peter spies a sweet chocolate bar.
Mama stops Peter and firmly says, “NO!”
But Peter won’t budge. He refuses to go.
Uh-oh. Here it comes. Here comes that frown.
Peter Panda melts dowwwwwnn!”
Yup…rhyme, word play plus a character every young child can identify with equals a book kids will love. I need to remember that as I write my next story.
I reviewed this picture book for Perfect Picture Book Friday: https://viviankirkfield.com/2014/06/12/ppbf-peter-panda-melts-down-dealing-with-temper-tantrums/
If you remember, yesterday I was rushing off to post my three non-fiction story ideas for Kristen Fulton’s Mini-Wow. And guess what! I just found out I was one of the prize winners – very excited and extremely grateful because it was the opportunity to do lots of research for the non-fiction picture books I will be writing this year was a prize in itself: http://www.kristenfulton.org/mini–wow-nonficpic.html
And there is another picture book writing challenge coming up on March 1 – 31 – REFOREMO. Organized by Carrie Charley Brown, Research for Reading Month will help picture book writers use mentor texts and more: http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo/the-reforemo-challenge-is-coming-soon
And then in April, get ready for Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo – Rhyming Picture Book Month…we all know that if you want to write a rhyming picture book, you’ve got to make it PERFECT…this month long challenge will teach you so much: https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/save-the-date-for-rhypibomo-2015
Hope you all have a lovely day – more snow in the forecast for tomorrow!