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Thanks for that encouragement Joanne. I really need it! You're right too. I've never thought of it like that!
Sometimes God calms the storm; Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child
Is there still a standard length for picture books? When I researched it a few years ago, it was 32 pages, including coverplate and other things. I didn't come across the concept of leaving part for the illustrator, but that makes sense. I've written a book and a friend has illustrated it and we worked closely on the concept. She definitely added a lot to the book.
My granddaughter's favorite picture book was The Story About Ping, so I read it hundreds of times. What she loved was the repetition of words but also, what I call piling words on to words.
"Ping lived with his mother and his father and two sisters and three brothers and eleven aunts and seven uncles and forty-two cousins." I tried to copy that style because she loved it so much.
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"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 NLT
Phee - yes, 32 pages IS still standard, though occasionally books can be longer - but always in groups of 8 because of how they're laid out. The vast majority of debut books, at least, are 32 - but occasionally you will see 40. And yes, that generally includes the copyright page and coverplate.
I LOVED The Story About Ping as a child! Haven't read it in a VERY long time - I think it is time to check it out again.
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