Tuesday, October 23, 2012

VOICE OF THE PICTURE BOOK: Interview with publisher Allyn Johnston and author/illustrator Marla Frazee

Today's podcast guests are author/illustrator Marla Frazee and publisher Allyn Johnston of Beach Lane Books. The two have collaberated on a number of books including the Caldecott Award Winning picture book, A Couple of Boys and the Best Week Ever.

Listen and enjoy their comments on finding the voice of the young male in a picture book.





FAVORITE BOY CHARACTERS IN PICTURE BOOKS
Allyn:
  • Wilfrid in Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas because he's a good friend who asks great questions--and actually listens to the answers.
  • Spinky in Spinky Sulks by William Steig because he is so damn amazing at keeping up his pout (though he really is kind of a jerky baby about it).
  • And Mr. Putter of the Mr. Putter & Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard because he's the best guy around, he's still a boy at heart--and he loves Tabby SO much!

Marla:
  • The boy in The Carrot Seed, referred to in the text as "a little boy." (I like his quiet confidence.)
  • Pierre, who doesn't care, in Sendak's Nutshell Library.
  • And Andrew Henry, from Andrew Henry's Meadow, who builds pretty amazing houses for all his friends.

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