14:14 PB ELEMENT – I Wonder Why Creepy-Crawlies – PATTERNS
Non-fiction picture books differ from picture books–by definition, of course. But there are other ways they differ as well. The way that picture book elements apply, and are effective, differ somewhat for the facts, figures, history, and information that are provided.
I Wonder Why, Creepy-Crawlies
Karen Wallace, author
illustrated by Tudor Humphries
(c) 2008, Kingfisher (Henry Holt & Co.)
(703 words, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 3.8)
Wallace and illustrator Humphries have come together on a fun topic to deliver a delightful eye and mind pleaser smack full of fun facts. From publisher Kingfisher (an imprint of Henry Holt & Co.) in a series called “I Wonder Why” comes “Creepy-Crawlies.”
With the first page definition through six more sections, this book uses, in a unique way, the picture book element of PATTERNS. Imagine the surprise of a young reader when he turns past the contents page to discover a bug-littered spread with a half-page of questions leaping outward!
Yes, the pattern here is physical, not just in the text or story. I immediately was impressed with the idea of half-pages with questions jutting out between the spread. A quick peek behind the question page reveals the answers to common questions that a kid may have about the creepy-crawly being featured.
Sure, the text employs patterns as well. Expected Q&A’s per critter–‘three’ questions per critter, “three” answers per critter. Numbered. A reliable pattern, surrounded by easily anticipated full-bleed, full-color, labeled illustrations.
While I’m not sure I’d know what to call this pattern combination, perhaps the publishers have coined the proper term. It’s in the corner of the cover: “flip the flaps.”
I like it. The patterns mentally engage the reader (setting up expectations) and physically engage the reader (flipping the flaps).
What kinds of patterns have you seen that are uniquely done? Are they effective for the content and/or the story? Share your comments.
(See a list of other reviewers posts in Christi’s latest post at Write Wild.)