NO, it’s not easy to write a picture book!

When I was looking up N.M. Bodecker I came across this review by Beth Gutcheon in the NYT in 1998, in which she states elegantly just how HARD it is to write a good children’s book….



Picture books for young children appear simple and are often slight. And yet they have to meet standards rarely or never imposed on other branches of literature. How many books on your shelf could you bear to read 800 times? How many new books that you love would be equally appealing to your mother?

10-4, Back Door!


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