Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Blog Flash 2012, August 15: Books

My Gorgeous Illustrator and I hope to collaborate on some kids' books if we ever get the time.

Until then, we take the kids to the library often. We check out over a dozen books a week and have learned a few truths about children's books.

Some are visually beautiful to a humbling extent. The “wow, we could never do that” category.
         The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

Others are brilliant but simple. Smart with a clear message and minimalist illustration. The “why didn't we think of that” category.
                       Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

And we found the biggest corporations make the worst books. With few exceptions, Disney, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street make terrible books completely focussed on drilling their characters into kid's heads.

Once read a Sesame Street book of numbers that was so front-loaded with Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster that they ran out of pages and stopped at seven. The “millions and billions of dollars and you came up with this” category.

Not giving you a link to that.