Friday, January 9, 2009
Letters in Picture Books- Continued
Where was I? Oh, yeah... I was explaining why I like it when picture books include letters. (I also like lists, signs, charts, diary entries, etc)
Okay, so Becky and I were brainstorming one day, and I said, "Hey, let's do something with letters."
We discussed an idea and then started a draft. Becky wanted the entire thing to be letters. "Whole thing? Wouldn't that get kind of tedious?" I asked. "Not at all," she replied. "In fact, I read a book like that once. I Wanna Iguana. It was very cute."
I immediately ordered it. The book is indeed cute. I laughed on the first read through. But I didn't feel like I could read it over and over. Am I alone in this? I went to Amazon and checked the reviews. Customers love it!
So, here are my questions:
If the purpose of including letters is to break up the rhythm and vary the pacing of a story, then doesn't writing in ALL letters defeat the purpose??? Are there other picture books that consist entirely of letters? If we stick to this format, is everyone going to think we copied I Wanna Iguana?
My friend, Tara, happened to answer some of these already in yesterday's comments:
Thanks, Tara. Glad to know it is not just me!