The opening to Dusti Bowling’s middle grade novel, Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus, is notable for its lists.
Hairy Maclary, Sit! (1997) is a carnivalesque rhyming picture book written and illustrated by New Zealand storyteller Lynley Dodd. The story follows on from the immensely popular Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy (1983).
There’s a trope of children’s literature in which a character gazes out a window, first longing for adventure, then leaving to go on one. Below are some artworks and illustrations of characters looking out of windows.
Detransition, Baby is a contemporary novel that hooked me right away. How did author Torrey Peters do that? Let’s take a closer look.
Jules-Léon FLANDRIN City Garden Terrace c 1932
How to describe this art style? I have an almost synesthesic response to it. The hard, clean shapes fall somewhere between chalk and cheese — they are both. I want to bite into them somehow.
Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork is a children’s picture book by New Zealand author-illustrator Lynley Dodd, first published in 1994. The star and only character of this one is… Schnitzel von Krumm… already familiar from the uber-successful Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. Schnitzel von Krumm of course puts the reader in mind of crumbed schnitzel, a…
Two artists who remind me of each other: Wayne Theibaud and Richard Diebenkorn. Header image: Albert Marquet (1875-1947) Bordeaux, France Landscape of Sidi-Bou-Said, 1923
Let’s take a look at openings to various middle grade novels. How do contemporary storytellers hook young readers?
Aporia is a concept from philosophy but I’m talking about aporia when describing a literary (or rhetorical) device.
[W]hat many people call and value as “voice” in fiction is often the author manipulating grammatical rules and mechanisms in order to best support their story. The best editors & CEs I know read for voice and believe in/seek out internal consistency. Tracy Deonn This answer is in response to a tweet by Wesley Chu,…
And it seemed to her that kisses, voices, tinkling spoons, laughter, the smell of crushed grass were somehow inside her. Katherine Mansfield A kiss on the forehead-erases misery.I kiss your forehead. A kiss on the eyes-lifts sleeplessness. I kiss your eyes. A kiss on the lips-is a drink of water. I kiss your lips. A…