The father explains his adventures (which include alien abduction, a stegosaurus inventor, piranhas, ponies, and time travel). The veracity of the father’s story may be called into question, but the quality of his story is not. What’s unique about this story (besides the rather odd cast of characters) is that, though kids will love it, a kid isn’t the main character. In fact, we scarcely hear from the kids as the father tells his tale, with the exception of a few interruptions along the way to ask clarifying questions. FORTUNATELY, THE MILK is an entertaining tale and a great example of storytelling (Neil’s and the father’s) at its best.
If, by chance, you make it through all the permutations, Lauren has two more books in the CASE CLOSED series, including the recently released CASE CLOSED: HAUNTING AT THE HOTEL. Though you might never write a book in this style, it is helpful to reflect on the level of detail that goes into creating a book where the narrative is in the hands of the reader. Simply thinking through your story in this level of detail can help you craft better stories.
Well that’s all for this month. Happy writing, stay safe, and have a magical month.
Bryan Patrick Avery discovered a love of magic and mystery at the age of four, after receiving a magic set and his first Bobbsey Twins Mystery book. Today, he is an award-winning poet and author, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Mystery Writers of America. He's also a life member of the Society of American Magicians (which was once led by Harry Houdini) and charter member of the International Association of Black Magical Artists. Bryan's greatest joy is making stories appear out of thin air.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature the wonderful Ave Maria Cross