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Kim's Magical Journey Into the World of Children's Picture Books


on September 4, 2012

Today feels like Monday, even though it’s Tuesday.  I know I’m not the only one who feels that way!

So in an effort to jumpstart the (short) week, I’m posting this little scribble for the day… even though, like my two in-the-works picture book manuscripts, it isn’t quite complete.  This is the first time I’ve worked with gouache, and I have to say I really like it.  This was a pretty large illustration, which is why my paltry scanner cut off an arm and a leg (to spite its face… ha!)

Is anyone else having a tough time starting the week?  Ugh.

Okay, I’m going to let you in on a little secret– both of the aforementioned picture book manuscripts use rhyming text.  Here’s the thing: After reading Ann Whitford Paul’s fantastic advice on rhyme, I am realizing that I am decidedly NOT a poet… and I didn’t know it.  Boy, do I have a lot to learn.  The problem is I am constantly rhyming and always have– for instance, with Ian I’ve always made up songs and little ditties.  I am very aware of rhythm and cadence; but there are other subtleties (some that I now remember from my English lit days) that I simply haven’t incorporated into these manuscripts.  So I guess that’s where the “editing” kicks in, ay?

Anyway, it’s back to the drawing (or editing) board pour moi.

One little elephant sitting in a tree…



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