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Title: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Kurtis on October 03, 2009, 06:26 PM
Are picture books ever in the first person? Any examples? I can't think of any.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: jeanne k on October 03, 2009, 06:34 PM
Third person definitely outnumber first person, but two of my all-time favorite PBs are in first person:

PLAY WITH ME and GILBERTO AND THE WIND, both by Marie Hall Ets.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Natalie on October 03, 2009, 06:40 PM
All of Mercer Mayer's LITTLE CRITTER books are in 1st person, I believe.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on October 03, 2009, 07:17 PM
I just looked at my stack of PB from the library and found these in first person:

PARTS by Tedd Arnold
FRED STAYS WITH ME by Nancy Coffelt

I just gave my niece my daughter's copy of COWS CAN'T FLY, but I can't remember the author.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Kurtis on October 03, 2009, 07:23 PM
Just googled it. The premise is disconcertingly similar to what I was trying to do.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: wolfie712 on October 03, 2009, 08:59 PM
Hi Kurtis,

We had a thread on first person PBs a while back:

http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=24563.0

There are quite a few titles listed in there.

Laura
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: ShelliC on October 03, 2009, 09:17 PM
A good recent one is MY MOM IS TRYING TO RUIN MY LIFE by Kate Feiffer.

There are several PBs in first person but I'm too tired to think of a decent list right now. If I think of more tomorrow, I'll send them.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: sameyers on October 04, 2009, 07:56 AM
I just looked at my stack of PB from the library and found these in first person:

PARTS by Tedd Arnold
FRED STAYS WITH ME by Nancy Coffelt

I just gave my niece my daughter's copy of COWS CAN'T FLY, but I can't remember the author.

Fred Stays With Me is one of my favorite picture books!

I'll Always Love You by H. Wilhelm

God Bless,
Susan
http://susanameyers.blogspot.com/ (http://susanameyers.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Kurtis on October 04, 2009, 08:36 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm glad to know it's not as rare as I thought, but my trusted first reader thinks the first person in this case isn't working anyway. :-|
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Gatz on October 04, 2009, 10:09 PM
Before you give up on first person, maybe add a character or series of minor characters to provide the different perspective or ironic counterpoint that a regular third person narrator would give from above.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: sarah_create on October 08, 2009, 10:31 PM
Here is a link with a healthy list of first person PBs. They are older.
http://nancykeane.com/rl/279.htm (http://nancykeane.com/rl/279.htm)

One PB I love that is written in 1st person present is Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami.
Another great one is The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington.





Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: eecoburn on October 27, 2009, 11:00 AM
The Fancy Nancy picture books, Cat in the Hat (easy reader?).

Question: Does it count as first person if a PB is written entirely in dialogue, like the Pinkerton books or the Pigeon series by Mo Willems?
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: SproutQ on October 27, 2009, 11:19 AM
Is it totally self-serving to say that my picture books are all in first person?  They just seem to come out that way for me.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Kurtis on October 27, 2009, 12:22 PM
Not all. Thanks!
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Ellen on October 27, 2009, 07:42 PM
I am writing a picture book in first person. Well, trying to write one anyway.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: carrierhawk on November 02, 2009, 10:11 PM
The Cat in the Hat
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Abracabarbara on November 03, 2009, 03:41 AM
I happen to like first person a lot. I've written three in first person and am starting a fourth about the same character. If it works it works. Write it first in first and if it doesn't then work try it in third.

You might want to flesh it out first.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Stephanie Denise on February 07, 2010, 02:53 PM
I'm so glad to find this discussion (and the link to a previous discussion as another commenter posted).  I wrote my first picture book last month and it came out in first person.  It didn't occur to me that it might be a problem and it's reassuring to see all of these great titles to reference!
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Kurtis on February 07, 2010, 04:14 PM
The Cat in the Hat

I'm not familiar with this one... what's the author's name? ;-)
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Mike Jung on February 07, 2010, 07:54 PM
A really gorgeous and sweet first-person PB that's out right now is THE SEA SERPENT AND ME by Dashka Slater and Catia Chien.
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Jean Reidy on February 08, 2010, 10:30 AM
The two books that I sold to Disney/Hyperion MY OWN LITTLE PIECE OF THE UNIVERSE and THERE'S A CORNER IN MY HOUSE are both first person. And my latest PB, which my agent is currently pitching, is also first person.
Jean
Title: Re: Picture Books in the 1st Person
Post by: Lauren Matovic-Smith on February 16, 2010, 06:35 AM
The PB I'm self-publishing now is told in the first person, it's called My Little Eye.  Personally I like a children's story told in the first person b/c I feel it allows for a child to feel as if it is them.
Lauren