Childish Nonsense

Exploring Children's Literature

Picture Book Ideas and Other Random Thoughts

on November 25, 2012

We finally got around to watching the movie Capote yesterday. (Better late than never?) Somehow, it had escaped my notice for all these years that Harper Lee worked with and was a good friend to Truman Capote. Had I known this, I would surely have watched the film a long time ago. Despite the fact that Capote was working on In Cold Blood during the timeline, the film was more a character study of the author than anything. While I still find it odd that To Kill a Mockingbird and In Cold Blood had a sort of shared history, I do recommend the film. Now I may get around to actually reading In Cold Blood.

Now, for some picture book musing.

Sun. Nov. 18 – Obscure artists who had major influences are always fascinating. Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet to begin with. And this is just for the beginnings of jazz. Considering how many early jazz artists go their starts, though, I may have to figure out how to write about a brothel in a picture book.

Mon. Nov 19 – Determined not to hit the wall. There was an article about the difference between hallucinations and imagination. About a third grader who imagines ordinary objects to be ordinary and who talks to bugs and other animals.

Tues. Nov. 20 – Jazz-playing zebra meets an opera-singing elephant. The possibilities are awesome.

Wed. Nov. 21 – Turkey Eve. Loved the PiBoIdMo blog entry today by guest blogger Debbie Ridpath Ohi. She asked people to complete a conversation bubble in response to a person who was going to write a picture book. Because they’re so easy. The responses she received are priceless.

My idea for today involves a turkey who is passed over at Thanksgiving. He feels lucky and unappreciated at the same time.

Thurs. Nov. 22 – Today, I’m jotting down some outrageous thoughts that seem to be forming themselves into a poem. Things like cheetahs in wheelchairs.

Fri. Nov. 23 – Even though I feel myself progressively losing steam on my 30 ideas month, I keep prodding myself to get it done. For one thing, the best ideas may be yet to come.  So I took a quick tour of a news website. Took approximately 3 seconds to come up with today’s kernel on the dangers of overreaction, such as shootings during Black Friday because someone cut in line. Remembering that “The sky is falling” has been done, this may take a bit more thought to get to a workable idea. But I really love the kernel.

Sat. Nov. 24 – I was reminded in a blog post today by Deb Lund that we can give ourselves permission to be as silly as we want. We can, in effect, go galumphing. Those who know me well know that I tend toward dry humor and often come up with the absurd. For these reasons, I was reminded of a completely absurd idea I had many, many years ago. What if batteries aren’t really pushing along electrons? What if there is a tiny, tiny mouse inside on a bicycle making your flashlight come to life? Taking it further, what if your bread machine houses a tiny fireplace, stoked by a chipmunk? I think my oddball brain can come up with a lot more. Maybe the electrons really are submicroscopic animals.

Only six days of this challenge left. I don’t know about you, but I’m having a ball.


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