But how often do you see a one in a 400 word picture book? I can't think of too many.
Actually, only one PB comes immediately to mind- Bark George by Jules Feiffer. (I won't spoil it by telling you what it is!)
And yet, editors and agents often say, "I like it, but I was hoping for more of twist at the end." I have heard this time and time again.
My agent said it just this week.
Blustery (code name:)- This one is definitely worth working on. Good multiple levels... friendship, loneliness, a windstorm/chase. I'd love to see more of a twist at the end though.
So, Becky and I brainstormed. And guess what? We came up with something! (Amazing what one can do when pushed.)
Not sure we'll succeed in executing it effectively, but we do have an idea to give the story an added element of surprise.
We're going to work on revisions. In the meantime. if you can think of a picture book with a clever twist, please share!