The oft misunderstood picture book form is best compared to poetry, whether a text rhymes or not. Alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance, end rhyme, rhythm, repetition, simile, metaphor, syncopation, meter, motif—the list of poetic terms picture book writers have in their toolboxes is unlimited.
We picture book writers work in parameters—for the most part these days—that parameter is word count, not a structural form such as a sestina, yet still we have to convey a story with a beginning, a middle, and a satisfying and re-readable ending. If you think poetry editors of literary magazines are hard to please, try an over tired toddler at bedtime, who is begging for one more read. In 100 to 500 words, the modern day picture book is a thing of magic. In between its hard covers a new world awaits, a mix of visual art, and conscious language that is chosen for effect.~ read more ~