Monday, 20 March 2017

Ask a Picture Book Editor: Story Magic!!!



Add some fairy (tale) magic dust to your manuscript!

Sometimes, to make a really cracking picture book, you have to turn a story idea on its head and ask 
WHAT IF . . .? 


So, what happens if you do this with a traditional tale?

What if ... the folk in Fairy Tale Town needed some help from the Fairytale Hairdresser?



This leads to a whole range of possibilities:

The Fairytale Hairdresser series by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard

What if . . . Fairy Tale detective Sky Private Eye could solve even the trickiest mystery?



Sky Private Eye series by Jane Clarke and Loretta Schauer


What if . . . it was the Pig who was  . . . BAD?

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugen Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury



What if  . . .  the Wolf was really just misunderstood? 

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszca & Lane Smith



What if  . . . the Three Bears were really rather HUNGRY dinosaurs?

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

What if  . . . Little Bear grew up and got lost in the big city, then wandered into Goldilocks' apartment?

Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

What if . . . the Gingerbread Boy was a bunny with chocolate covered ears and Foxy just happened to LOVE chocolate?!

The Gingerbread Bunny by Jonathan Allen


What if  . . . the Little Olds baked a Stinky Cheese Man who was really quite GROSS and melted . . .? 

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith


What if . . . Little Red Riding Hood's Granny really just needed some glasses?!

Little Red Riding Hood (Ladybird)

What if . . . Little Red was a rather Bossy and FEARLESS and clever toddler who likes everything JUST SO? 

Very Little Red Riding Hood by Heapy and Heap

What if . . . Little Red Riding Hood is an ice-skating aficionado who needs a new partner to win the ice skating competition?

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar and Troy Cummings
What if . . . Little Red lived in Africa and met a rather hungry lion on her way to visit her auntie?

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T Smith

Asking WHAT IF . . .? can get you into 
seriously funny and very unexpected situations. 

Go on, share your favourites and have a go!

 



Natascha Biebow is an experienced editor, mentor and coach, who loves working with authors and illustrators at all levels to help them to shape their storieswww.blueelephantstoryshaping.com
Check out the Cook Up a Picture Book Coaching Courses.



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