Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shakespeare: a picture book author's best friend?

Here's a classic Darcy Pattison post that can be really useful for picture book structuring:

Sonnets and Picture Books
I think you can compare picture book structure to the structure of poetry. For example, sonnets have 14 lines, picture books can have 14 double-page spreads. So, taking a sonnet as an example of structure, you can imitate one of these sonnet structures.

1.The Italian Sonnet consists of an octave (eight lines) and a sestet (six lines)

- Spreads 1-4 Set up character
- Spreads 5-8 Problem stated
- Spreads 9-11 Character tries to solve the problem.
- Spreads 12-14 The payoff

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