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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Character Arc/Message
« Last post by JodyJS on September 09, 2021, 08:08 AM »
I think David is right. Your story should have "levels" or an arc (even if it's really mild or simple), but not all stories have character arcs. If, however, you have a character-driven story, it probably needs a character arc (again, even if it's mild). The younger the story, the more mild the character arc can be.

But there are all kinds of story structures for PBs. This great post by Tammi Sauer delves into the topic. https://taralazar.com/2012/11/07/piboidmo-day-7-tammi-sauer/
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Character Arc/Message
« Last post by David Wright on September 09, 2021, 07:55 AM »
There are a lot of books without deep underlying messages and many without character arcs. But there should still be a story arc.

Think Monster at the End of This Book, no deep meaning, no character arc, but there is a story arc.

Without that, books are often one and done.
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Book Talk / Re: Shopping List: Blue Boarders' Books
« Last post by Michael Sussman on September 09, 2021, 07:00 AM »
Those links don't seem to be working.
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Picture Books (PB) / Character Arc/Message
« Last post by charles-richardson1 on September 09, 2021, 06:37 AM »
I hear a lot about the importance of characters changing from the beginning of a story to the end, the need for conflict and tension or the need for an overall message and many more "must have's" in a story.

Is it ok to have a story that is fun to read for a kid?  I was re-reading Dragons Love Tacos, a fun book I think kids will laugh and want to read over and over and over again...what is the overall message for the book or the character arc?

Is it ok to write a humorous book that doesn't have some deep underlying meaning?  Thoughts?
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by JodyJS on September 09, 2021, 05:06 AM »
I am with what others have said--you should write this. I don't think you'll get many objections to a thief "who uses his abilities to help others."

Not sure if this fits what you are looking for, but maybe "The Infamous Ratsos"?

Ooh, great suggestion, Harold! Love that series.
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on September 08, 2021, 06:35 PM »
Horrible Harry is a bit of a rogue and there's a British series with a similar name Horrid Henry, I think.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by Doreen Nagle on September 08, 2021, 01:05 PM »
Thanks!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by HaroldU on September 08, 2021, 12:45 PM »
You've gotten some great advice so far! I have just one thing to add. To learn the differences between the different types of children's books, I always recommend A Family of Readers (link takes you to a review of it on my website). It's set up as a guide for parents but it's also a good guide for writers wanting to understand picture books and easy/early readers and chapter books and so on...
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by HaroldU on September 08, 2021, 12:41 PM »
I am with what others have said--you should write this. I don't think you'll get many objections to a thief "who uses his abilities to help others."

Not sure if this fits what you are looking for, but maybe "The Infamous Ratsos"?
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by dewsanddamps on September 08, 2021, 09:55 AM »
Scott, I think this could work. Kids love naughty! If it were me I'd write it, and if beta readers advise you to age it up that's always an option. Besides, editors are always looking for something new.
 :goodluck
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