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Title: Examples of PB's Written Backwards
Post by: charles-richardson1 on April 08, 2019, 04:13 PM
has anyone read or written a book the begins with the end and ends with the beginning?  So as you read it you can have the reader try to figure out what happen prior to that point.  Another way of building critical thinking skills.
Title: Re: Examples of PB's Written Backwards
Post by: dkshumaker on April 08, 2019, 04:33 PM
Not exactly what you're looking for, but a NF PB called "Before She Was Harriet" by Lesa Cline-Ransom is written in a reverse chronological order.

Title: Re: Examples of PB's Written Backwards
Post by: karen-b-jones on April 08, 2019, 09:13 PM
Interesting idea. 
Title: Re: Examples of PB's Written Backwards
Post by: Michael Sussman on April 09, 2019, 12:07 PM
The excellent picture book, THE END, by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Richard Egielski.
From the Amazon description:

"Once upon a time" takes on a whole new meaning in David LaRochelle's hilarious backwards collaboration with Caldecott winner Richard Egielski.

"...And they lived happily ever after."

So begins David LaRochelle and Richard Egielski's wacky original fairy tale THE END, which traces the courtship of a handsome knight and a beautiful princess . . . backwards! Before you reach the beginning, you'll meet a temperamental giant, a beleaguered cook, a dragon who's scared of bunny rabbits, an oversized tomato, and an impish figure on a flying pig who just might be the cause of all the madness. It's a conventionally perfect and perfectly unconventional take on the fairy tale -- guaranteed to convert the Grimmest reader to giggles.
Title: Re: Examples of PB's Written Backwards
Post by: Marcia on April 09, 2019, 01:55 PM
I can't say I have, but it's a fun idea. I think there was an adult novel by Jeffery Deaver done this way. Michael's comment sounds right on target!