Persona Voice Questions: 3

Even though I have looked at these question off and on for almost 30 years, I find they are making me think in new ways because I am now thinking in terms of picture books and authoring those, rather than thinking of my college students writing research papers, essays, and tests. Thinking in new ways

Writing is…

an experiment “I don’t see writing as communication of something already discovered, as ‘truths’ already known. Rather, I see writing as a job of experiment. It’s like any discovery job; you don’t know what’s going to happen until you try it.” –William Stafford a struggle “Writing is a struggle against silence.” –Carlos Fuentes an illusion

Reading: Who Wet My Pants?

Who Wet My Pants? was written by Bob Shea and illustrated by Zachariah Ohora. The front cover says, “It’s not the crime… It’s the cover-up.” I found it shocking. No, not the crime. No, not the cover-up. What was shocking is the fact that you can use the borrowed-from-the-French-wholesale “vis-a-vis” in a children’s book! Apparently there is

Reading: Stick and Stone

Stick and Stone, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichthenheld, was published in 2015. It is the story of two lone creatures who become friends. Obstacles include a bully, a storm, and needing help. There are a few delightful language plays and a fun mathematical transformation.

Reading: Another

I read Another by Christian Robinson. The inside front flap asks, What if you… encountered another perspective? Discovered another world? Met another you? What might you do? And then the book asks and answers that question using images only. At one point I wasn’t sure that the end had the right MC in it. Very cute.