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Title: Page turns
Post by: Jenny on February 24, 2022, 12:21 PM
Can we talk about page turns in picture books? What makes a successful page turn? Tips and suggestions for writing and illustrating a good page turn? How do you up the suspense or what will happen next factor?
Any and all insight and information on page turns is welcome and appreciated.

Title: Re: Page turns
Post by: dkshumaker on February 24, 2022, 12:37 PM
I think a lot of page turns rely on incomplete sentences, sometimes with ellipses, to wait to see what happens (the rest of the sentence) on the next page. One way to format a PB is to type out page spreads and think of how you can create that page turn by specifying what words you want on each page spread. When I do that I do this:
pg. 4-5
blah blah blan

pg. 6-7
blah blah blah

If you're an author only, one thing you could do to study page turns is to type up PBs that you think have successful ones with page numbers like I noted above so you know where the page turn is happening.

I hope this helps!
Title: Re: Page turns
Post by: JulieM on February 24, 2022, 01:14 PM
Plus think about "conceptual elipses" - not actual "..." (because you can't end every page with an elipsis or part sentence). By that, I mean ending the previous page with a full sentence that simply makes you want to know what happens next so that you turn the page. E.g. The same thing happened every day, until one day it didn't. (Instead of "but one day...")
Or Betty was a child with a particular problem.
Excuse my poor examples. I hope they make the point though. : )
Title: Re: Page turns
Post by: Vijaya on February 24, 2022, 01:41 PM
Jenny, this is a great question and I'm always making physical dummies to see where best to place the page turns. I think of suspense and resolution. Or surprise.
Title: Re: Page turns
Post by: dkshumaker on February 24, 2022, 01:43 PM
Julie, perfect examples! Yes, you are right, you wouldn't want actual ellipses on every page, but I have been know to overuse them and the em dash, LOL. Thankfully CPs and editors call me out on them. :-)
Title: Re: Page turns
Post by: Jenny on February 24, 2022, 03:29 PM
Thank you. These are great ideas and examples.

Among other things, I think that having good page turns is something that sets picture books apart from other books.

I'm working on having a good page turn mind set when I write.
Title: Re: Page turns
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 24, 2022, 06:14 PM
Something else I've seen is a single word (or part of an object) that hints at something to come. The full idea or image is on the next page.

Questions also work. The answer is on the next page.

And for images, die cuts (dye cuts?) and other fancy features can help too. Think about the holes that hungry caterpillar chews and wanting to see what was on the other side of them.