- Give readers and/or listeners enough description so they can see events.
- Remember that jeopardy works because readers want to fight alongside the protagonist.
- Create idiosyncratic characters that are both familiar and novel.
- Capture the heart with the familiar; hook the mind with what is new.
- Don’t Call Me Little Bunny by Gregoire Solotareff. The bunny-protagnoist, has a gun and escapes from jail. Susie’s challenge was, “What is the underbelly of your story?
- Goldilocks by Dom De Luise.
- The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach by Paulina Porizkova. Susie found both the story and illustrations repulsive.
- The Christmas Sweater by Glen Beck. “There was no transition between reality and fantasy.”
- A Walk in the Rain with a Brain by Edward Hallowell. “If you’re going to write poetry, you need to do it perfectly.”
- Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer. “Unlike DeLuise's self-serving Goldilocks, this has a fresh approach when re-imagining familiar characters.”
- Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael Kaplan. “Features a wholly original, memorable character bound to be loved by child readers because it is spot on in a child’s perspective.
- Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson. Good African American history stories.
- Tia Isa wants a Car by Meg Medina. “There is satisfaction when the resolution rewards the reader.”
- Good night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherry Rinker. Very good rhythm and rhyme.
- Milo and the Magic Stones by Marcus Pfister. “This book offers two endings so a child can choose between greed and selfishness to solve a problem.”
|Allan Wolf, Jackie Ogburn, Jane Baskerville Muphy, Stephen Messer, Barbara Younger|