Ten-Minute Blog Break - 25th November

I like the book and I like the film adaptation, but which is best?

Harry Hill would have them FIGHT, but here at Words & Pictures we like to take a more measured approach.

Dave Cousins is blogging for The Edge, examining film adaptations as a good way of encouraging discussion during school visits. Dave blogs about ten of his favourite book and film combinations, and asks you to contribute your own suggestions. Where's The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Dave?

Eggs seem an unlikely inspiration for a children's book, but Chitra Soundar has a traumatic relationship with these ovoid foodstuffs, as she reveals in her blog post.

Jo Thomas is a newcomer to graphic novels, and her engaging blog post chronicles the challenge of trying to absorb a whole new style of storytelling. Amanda Lillywhite and I then bombarded poor Jo with further reading suggestions on Facebook, so she'll be an expert by the time she's finished those ;-)

Talking of Amanda Lillywhite, she has an interesting report on her Sequential Art blog about an event featuring graphic novelist Emily Carroll. Carroll is an award-winning webcomic creator who has reversed the usual career path, only now releasing her first print collection Through the Woods.

Given my very public stance on writing for free for a commercial (but independent) magazine, I'm probably tying myself in ethical knots by recommending John Shelley's blog post. But John is absolutely entitled to his opinion, and he builds a convincing argument against unpaid working for creatives.


A SCBWI member since 2009, Nick Cross is an Undiscovered Voices winner who writes children's short fiction for Stew Magazine.

Nick's most recent blog is all about the reasons Why You Should Support Stew Magazine, in their Kickstarter campaign.


  1. Another fine and varied collection of posts, Nick, thanks for including the Edge. Great to see so many people writing about graphic novels and illustrated books this week.

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    1. Nick and John, you're both scholars and gentlemen!


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