When you write a children’s book and are trying to convince an editor of its great merits, a big no-no is to say, “…my children (or grandchildren) loved it!”. I could certainly understand that one might not get an honest answer from letting their Aunt Elsie read the story, (she may not want to hurt your feelings) or your mother who thinks you can never go wrong, but children are without reserve. If they don’t like a story, they will tell you about it!
This past summer when Harper Collins mailed me the galley of my Peepsqueak book I read it to my grandsons. I did not even think twice about what their reactions would be. To my surprise, one of them laughed out LOUD! This is when I realized that what little kids think is truly the best judge of whether or not a picture book is good. There is no convincing children. They form their opinions early on, even before they can talk!
Many times we shudder at the books our kids want to read over and over! If you write for children, it is important that you find out why those little people feel so compelled as to memorize the pages. They will often times pipe up with, “Mommy, you missed a page!” and you must stop and go back.
My own kids loved a good story but they were also drawn into a book because of the illustrations.
It is my hope that children will see Peepsqueak and then be drawn into the story, rooting him on to full-fill his dream!
For now, I can tell you this, My grandsons liked it!!
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