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I've been starting work on a MG novel, and I'd like to pair it with my own illustration. I think it would be interesting if the pictures were used in more of a narrative role and told some of the story, too, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for MG books that are in that vein - especially ones that were written and illustrated by the same person. The idea sounds good enough, I just would like to see more examples of it in practice before I get in over my head.
(For example, Tony DiTerrlizzi's 'WondLa' series and Brian Selznick's 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'.)

Also, how would you go about pitching that? Would you write the story first and do a few example images, or would you suggest going whole hog and working the entire thing to completion before contacting publishers?
#1 - August 19, 2013, 12:45 PM

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Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda series is awesome. The art is just simple line art and is meant to be done by one of the child characters, but is used in the telling of the story, not just depicting a scene.
#2 - August 19, 2013, 02:36 PM
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Artemesia: Thanks!! That sounds excellent; I'll have to check it out. I love seeing innovative ways to interweave story and illustration (without straying into graphic novel territory).
#3 - August 19, 2013, 03:29 PM

I love the Origami Yoda series, and I'd also take a look at Adam Rex's wonderful work.
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The Ellie McDoodle series by Ruth McNally Barshaw!
http://www.ruthexpress.com/index.html
#5 - August 19, 2013, 05:40 PM
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The Ellie McDoodle series by Ruth McNally Barshaw!
http://www.ruthexpress.com/index.html

I love Ellie McDoodle. Love her! Is she MG? I just read the first book to my five-year-old... Maybe I should hold off!

There's the Ottoline series (Chris Riddell) too.
#6 - August 19, 2013, 06:39 PM

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Alan Silberberg does books like this and his Milo book is awesome, a book with humor about grieving. His website's here: http://www.silberbooks.com/
#7 - August 20, 2013, 06:01 AM
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Lynn Rae Perkins is one of my faves and she doodles in her books. All Alone in the Universe, Criss Cross and As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth (YA).
#8 - August 20, 2013, 01:54 PM

Thanks for the awesome suggestions, everyone!! I'll be making a stop at the library soon to check them out  :dancer
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You could try the Monster Blood Tattoo series by DM Cornish. I think it was repackaged in North America as The Foundling's Tale. http://www.monsterbloodtattoo.com/
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