What Makes a Great Picture Book Writing Tip #1
Larger than Life Characters
make or break a picture
book. Donald Maass, literary agent and author of WRITING
NOVEL, talks about the importance for novels to have
larger-than-life-characters. These are characters that act in unusual,
unexpected, or dramatic ways. These are characters that do or say
things that we wish we could do, but don't ever dare to do or we are
not able to do.
Larger-than-life-characters are not only important for novels, but they’re important for picture books too. Think PETE THE CAT, OLIVIA, CURIOUS GEORGE, and NO, DAVID. The characters in these stories are what make children want to read them over and over again. Want to write a great picture book? Start with a larger-than-life-character at its heart. The characteristics of larger-than-life-characters might include wit, spontaneity, compassion, daring, quirkiness, perseverance, cunning, humor, likeability, and so on.
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