I am noticing a trend in the picture books I really enjoy. I am finding that I am really drawn to picture books by writer/illustrators. These overly talented people are churning out some of the funniest and most clever books. This is upsetting because my drawing talent is limited to proportionally challenged stick figures and this squiggly line thing I used to draw in high school on all my folders.
The writer/illustrator has an awesome humor advantage in my mind. They can create a book where the pictures and words play off of one another beautifully. They can be even more sparse in their word count and let the pictures do the talking. They can be funny in two ways at once.
So far my picture book writing has not been overly funny and that troubles me. You may have picked up by now that I'm big on the funny. I am a strong advocate of laughter and laughter shared between child and parent is of special interest to me. So, writing a picture book that would be funny to both parent and child would be a total dream come true for me.
But as a writer only, I almost feel my hands are a little tied. I have to hope that an editor can see the potential comedy in just my words and then pray that an illustrator is chosen that also gets it (or has even better funny ideas of their own). It is really a tremendous leap of faith to put your sense of humor out there with no supporting visual for someone else to build on.
Oh, to be an illustrator! I lament! You hysterical talented bums! : )
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