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
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