How to Write a Children’s Picture Book: Learning from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Corduroy, Where the Wild Things Are, The Carrot Seed, Good Night, Gorilla, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and Other Favorite Stories by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This introductory look at structure in picture books had some neat concepts, but overall fell short.
It repeated itself A LOT. I think almost half of the book was simply defining terms again every single time they came up.
If you have any sort of experience (even amateur, like reading blogs or listening to podcasts) with story structure (e.g., Plot Turns, Pinches, Three-Act Structure, Midpoint, etc), most of what you’ll see here will be redundant.
However, I am going to use the final chapters (on planning your own story structure) when writing my first picture book, so it merits at least three stars.
Full disclosure: I didn’t have much of the source material on hand, and I’m sure reading along with the actual stories would have bettered my experience.