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Hello,
I'm working on a picture book, dealing with sibling conflicts. Now I'm having a real little girl fighting a big brother, and someone said that at the moment , it's the trend NOT to have real characters in picture book, and it would be better to transform my characters into animals.
I'm not sure I like it, but can someone confirm that trend? please.  ;D
#1 - September 06, 2016, 12:36 AM
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First, I am still seeing plenty of PBs with real characters in them. So, human characters are very much a part of the current PB world.

Second, you can also kind of leave that up to the illustrator by not dictating exactly what the siblings are. You never know what direction they may surprise you with.
#2 - September 06, 2016, 02:04 AM
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thanks, that is big help.
Makes me feel better actually :)
#3 - September 06, 2016, 03:27 AM
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Oh good! And you are very welcome!! :goodluck

Also, Tara Lazar hasa great post about how her character Normal Norman came to be. Here's the link if you want to check it out:

 https://taralazar.com/tag/blog-tour/
#4 - September 06, 2016, 04:24 AM
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(Fire Truck, Bulldozer, Race Car)
Rainy Day Picnic-Read Your Story '18
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale '15

This doesn't speak to a trend but preferences: I read some blurps from a couple of agents within the last year who said they were tired of seeing animals in PBs. (I doubt kids tire of them.) Others said they didn't want to see any more fairies or princesses. (Princesses are still a big deal.)

#5 - September 06, 2016, 05:51 AM
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Editors were saying they were tired of talking animals in picture books when I started sending manuscripts out in 1980. So take it with a grain of salt.

My picture book CINDER EDNA, still in print after decades, was originally going to feature pigs. Trust me, I didn't have pigs in mind when I wrote it--and I was really glad when they decided not to.

Oh, and some were also tired of fractured fairy tales way back then. And look what's happened since.

Same thing with princesses. Write your story the way it feels right to you.
#6 - September 06, 2016, 09:59 AM
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PICKY EATERS
OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN
THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE
THE BALLAD OF BOOSTER BOGG
BEASTLY BABIES
TOOLING AROUND

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And anthropomorphized inanimate objects were a HUGE no-no for years, but now we have sentient pencils and apples and buildings.
#7 - September 06, 2016, 10:05 AM
VAMPIRINA IN THE SNOW (Disney-Hyperion, 2018)
BUSY-EYED DAY (Beach Lane Books, 2018)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
among others

thanks guys, it's true. I guess I need to write my story, and not worry about what an editor would think, because his or her ideas will probably have changed by the time I've finished my manuscript.
still it's quite a releave to know that. :)
#8 - September 09, 2016, 12:22 AM
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Plus every editor is different with different likes. I am just about to publish a fable, which is not a very popular thing to do these days, I think.
#9 - September 09, 2016, 03:17 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink

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oh, sounds exciting. I love fables, my kids too!!!! :)
#10 - September 10, 2016, 12:57 AM
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