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I have a PB WIP that features 7 named characters, each with some dialogue, and I'm hoping to find published picture books that also feature a big cast. I would exclude those with litters/clutches such as Make Way for Ducklings, because the ducklings are really one conglomerate character. I'm writing a science fiction caper and having the large cast feels like a better team than just 2 or 3 characters, but I'd like to see how introducing them all without overloading the reader has been done.
#1 - July 22, 2014, 11:52 AM

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The two Dunderhead books by Paul Fleischman w/illustrations by David Roberts. It is a heist sort of book and each kid is introduced as they are recruited on the team for a specific talent.
 
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#2 - July 22, 2014, 12:35 PM
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You caught my interest when you said books with a large cast. I look forward to seeing updates to this. (My tendency for that has become less so, but still a good question.)
#3 - July 22, 2014, 04:47 PM
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This is a good PB question, especially with the subject matter.
#4 - July 22, 2014, 04:59 PM
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Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Allburg has about ten characters - all named and important - but they are fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters, so they are already familiar.
#5 - July 22, 2014, 06:47 PM

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Haven't counted them, but I've got a large ensemble cast in THE GRUDGE KEEPER and THE BUSIEST STREET IN TOWN. Also CHIK CHAK SHABBAT, which comes out in September.
#6 - July 22, 2014, 07:31 PM
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My picture book series These Things Count! published by Albert Whitman (4 books) features a large group of named kids (five who speak) and two adults (both speak) in each story, as well as "talking" trees, bees, seas, and rocks.
#7 - July 22, 2014, 08:58 PM
THESE THINGS COUNT! award-winning nature series Albert Whitman
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Nancy Tufari's wordless picture book "Where is my duckling?" comes to my mind.
#8 - July 22, 2014, 09:16 PM

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Thanks! I'll check those out.
#9 - July 23, 2014, 03:54 AM

I honestly can't think of anything, or at least my mind keeps 'short-circuiting' to Magic School Bus. (But I don't know if that's necessarily a PB)

I'm kinda wondering how many words your manuscript would be? More character and dialogue, I'd expect, would make a longer book and maybe more difficult to 'fit' into a picture book.
#10 - July 26, 2014, 11:59 PM

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