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WRITING THE STORY FOR "WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?"
A Guide For Young Readers (Part 2)
by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Every children's book author/illustrator has their own method for creating a story.
Debbie started with writing only the text. Here is the first version of the story:
Here is another version:
When Debbie was happy with the story, she created something called a "picture book dummy" to show her editor at Simon & Schuster Children's. A picture book dummy is a rough version of the book. Here is the first page from the picture book dummy for Where Are My Books?:
After Debbie's editor read her story, they talked about how to improve it. Here is a photo of Justin Chanda, Debbie's editor at Simon & Schuster Children's:
Because Justin loves gardening and children's books, Debbie later drew him as a book gardener for fun:
Debbie did some more scribbling:
One of the drawings above ended up being turned into the front cover of Where Are My Books?
Can you spot which drawing?