This morning I got an email from myself.
It was "Sent from my iPad" with a time stamp of 1:02 a.m., and contained much-needed notes on how to fix an ending to a picture book manuscript I've been working on. And after I opened the email (from myself to myself), I fixed my manuscript.
Thank you, me.
(Now think up a better ending for that other story and get back to me soon.)
Endings have been on my mind since some local writers and I came together for critiquing earlier this week. We had a good discussion about how the reader's expectations, and every wonderful part of a story can be completely lost if the ending doesn't satisfy all of the loose threads. That doesn't mean that everything has to be happy and everyone gets what they wanted.
Like...Perfect Soup by Lisa Moser, a picture book with a perfect ending. It's not the most expected ending, but it is the best one. Everything in the story is resolved–even though the original conflict isn't "solved" in the way the main character hopes. The ending of Perfect Soup satisfies kids and adults, and teaches a lesson without "teaching."
Which brings me to an announcement:
MIRANDA PAUL IS FINALLY JOINING PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAYS!
If you haven't already guessed, my first perfect picture book review is Lisa Moser's Perfect Soup!
|Miranda Paul's first "Perfect Picture Book Friday" recommendation is Perfect Soup.|
Title: Perfect Soup
Author: Lisa Moser (who happens to be my fantastic SCBWI Mentor)
Illustrator: Ben Mantle
Publisher: Random House, 2010
Themes/Topics: Friendship, Patience, Generosity, Winter, Animals
Opening Page: Murray shined the teapot. "Perfect." Murray set the table. "Perfect." Murray looked out the window. "Soup is perfect on a snowy day."
Synopsis: Murray likes things perfect. But he hasn't got a carrot for perfect soup! With no time to chat (Murray is in a hurry), he races past Snowman and through the town doing favors in the hopes of earning a carrot. But when all seems for naught, can a friend show him there's more than one recipe for perfect soup?
Lisa Moser's Website (author)
Ben Mantle's Website (illustrator)
Goldfish Soup Recipe (doesn't need a carrot!)
Make a snowman!
Shovel the driveway!
Learn to knit!
Have a winter picnic with a friend!
Make hot cocoa - and don't forget to put (clean) snow in it!
Now, I've got to end this post in a BIG way (and reward those of you who actually read the entire thing):
I'M HOSTING MY FIRST-EVER WRITING CONTEST AND GIVEAWAY! The contest and giveaway prizes and rules will be announced on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18th. So be sure to follow my blog to get the scoop on Wednesday.
To be continued...
(how's that for an ending?)