With the completion of the Illustrating Children's Picture Books course and the advent of the upcoming Chapter Book Alchemist course, there's been a lot going on in my life. So I present to you Tuesdays with Mira! The new course also got me thinking, "Hey, wait a sec, why haven't I reviewed Chapter Books??" Late is better than never right? So here I go, I present to you Kung Pow Chicken! by the amazing wordsmith Cyndi Marko. This book is just chock full of funny puns and superhero suspense, I found myself laughing out loud on nearly every page. This book is also a perfect example of second visual stories, so please check it out!
Also, I apologize for the lighting, I only had one chance to record and it was just as the sun was setting! Still, it should be fun!
Next up I have for you another quickie video I put together called What Is a Chapter Book?? So often Chapter Books are mixed up with Middle Grade novels. And if you liked Kung Pow Chicken then you'll understand why they're such a great niche in the Children's Publishing world.
Chapter Books allow writers the freedom of WORDS. Have you been struggling to write a Picture Book but cant keep it under 400 words? Chapter Books open up a whole new world, and not to mention they are still fabulously illustrated. Still need some clarification? Check out my little video :)
If any of this has you tempted to consider writing your own chapter book (it's easier than you think) check out our highly interactive Chapter Book Alchemist e-course right here. Super specials are ending December 15th!
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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