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This Is a Good Story

This Is a Good Story

Fall 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrator: Magali Le Huche
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481429351
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Children's picture book author Adam Lehrhaupt ("Warning: Do Not Open This Book!," "Please, Open This Book!," etc.) offers children an entertaining and accessible introduction to basic elements of fiction writing. It begins with a young girl setting pencil to paper. How should she start? With both a hero and a heroine, she decides. She has a setting, but without a plot, the story will go nowhere. What should the conflict be that propels the plot? Inspiration strikes: an attacking Evil Overlord will provide conflict aplenty. The story progresses as the girl changes and adds details, finally coming up with a twist ending that suggests there will be more adventures to come. The back of the book includes a list of the story writing terms the little girl learned as she wrote and illustrated her book. Magali le Huche's quirky, digitally colored pencil illustrations are a kick throughout.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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