Thursday, June 30, 2016

The 'Misaligned' Picture Book - Advice For Authors and Illustrators

I really liked this piece, Writing Between The Lines, by Author/Illustrator Fred Koehler, whose illustration collaboration with author Rebecca Kai Dotlich on ONE DAY THE END just won a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award.

Fred discusses how in that picture book, "the pictures tell a completely different story than the words," and then breaks down - with some very specific advice - how authors can help illustrators achieve this.

In particular, the exercises Fred suggests are well worth it, guiding us with insights like:
Describe the emotional impact of the scene instead of the physical one. (i.e. – instead of “Quinn threw his stuffed dog toy against the wall.” Try “Quinn was mad, and he wanted everyone to know it..”)
 Give it a try with your picture book manuscripts!

Illustrate and Write On,

Thanks to Claudia Harrington for the heads-up on this one!

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