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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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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by Doreen Nagle on September 08, 2021, 08:53 AM »
Thanks for your suggestion in re Highlights.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by dkshumaker on September 08, 2021, 05:44 AM »
Go to your library; check out 100 recent (last five years) books in the genre you'd like to write. Learn all you can. Have fun!

Great advice. Reading the current market is the best way to learn.
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Anti-Hero in CB?
« Last post by JodyJS on September 08, 2021, 04:32 AM »
Hi Scott,

I'm with V. I don't know of characters like this, and I'm not sure how easy a haul it would be to get one through. But having said that, what if your MC could *seem* to be stealing, but in the end is actually helping? Especially if she had a nemesis, an older sibling or a non-likeable adult, who tries to catch her in the act, but ends up failing each time (because the MC isn't actually stealing)? Amelia Bedelia is a character who constantly goofs up, but not because she's malicious, but because she just doesn't get it.

Good luck!

Jody
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by JodyJS on September 08, 2021, 04:27 AM »
Yes, people are still publishing early readers! I currently have a series with Highlights Press. It is not word-controlled via a word list, but it is leveled for those just beginning to read. Go to your library; check out 100 recent (last five years) books in the genre you'd like to write. Learn all you can. Have fun!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Length of PB?
« Last post by Doreen Nagle on September 07, 2021, 09:48 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for being so helpful
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