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Hi, fellow "Rhymers," Has anyone read the recently published RHYMING Zombelina books by Kristyn Crow? They seem to me somehow different from most recent PB's and rhyming PB's, different in a "good" way. They are longer than most PB's (40 pages) publ by Bloomsbury, seem to be v popular. Ages 4-8. . I can understand why they were published ;whereas, with many new PB's, I am clueless. I "get" them; however, I don't really "get" PB's like I Want My Hat Back (something like that). Zombelina books are also the kind of books I would have liked as a child, exciting, fantasy, real story,  girl stuff, takes you out of your real world, character development, not about veggies or cooking or engineering or...hard to express...engaging fantasy world. They are not fairy tales, which were my all-time favorites, but they create a fun imaginary world with the kinds of things and conflicts and successes little girls adore. Or did. I don't think it's the age range thing either. They are definitely illustrated like PB's, but it's hard to express the subtle difference. They are though the kind of PB's I'd like to write, in fact, do write,  and didn't know we "were allowed" to  write. More depth? More words?? (800 or so). More...story??? More complex? Maybe, less dependence on the illus to understand the story? Maybe someone else can explain why they seem different and hopeful better than I can. Hopeful to a rhyming writer, that is,  who still doesn't understand the "mystique" of the typical modern PB. Yet they have a good publisher, popular. I'd love for others to check these out, see what you think, discuss, if you will.  Also, if there are others like Zombelina, rhyming, I'd love to know about them. Thanks.
#1 - October 28, 2017, 07:07 PM
Carol Samuelson-Woodson

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Hmm, that's a good challenge -- longer rhyming PBs. Rosie Revere, Engineer and other Andrea Beatty books might be along the lines of what you're looking for, Carol. I'm a fan of Zombelina too, and I also like slightly longer stories that are more for the K-2  set.
#2 - October 29, 2017, 05:35 AM
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Thanks for mentioning this. I will check it out!
#3 - October 29, 2017, 05:48 AM
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