Friday, June 15, 2012

Why the Face?

Here's what editors tell writers when discussing picture books:  "We want books with actual story arcs--we want a character who has a problem and who works to solve that problem.  Also NO RHYMING!!!!"

And yet . . .

I spent all day yesterday and part of this morning reviewing new books for The King's English publication (THE INKSLINGER), and pretty much all of the books violated these rules.  They rhymed.  And many of them didn't have much of a story--just charming moments.  So (as Phil Dunphy says) Why The Face?

I will say this.  I do think picture books that have some sort of a storyline wear better than those that don't.

3 comments:

Kamp Kyburz said...

It probably has something to do with the national language arts core curriculum. They really want us to explicitly teach story structure. They want two failed attempts at solving the problem and then a third attempt that brings resolution. Maybe not, but that's what's on my mind lately...

Louise Plummer said...

I suspect they say "no rhyming" because when it's bad, it's very bad. But I think children (and adults) love rhyming if it's clever (like Rick Walton).

Kim said...

Trudy Harris told me that rhyming makes translation challenging. That could be one reason. I'm glad that so many get through. I love a good rhyming picture book.