PiBoIdMo Day 5: David Michael Slater Listens (plus a prize!)

Definitely some classic idioms to play with from Aussie slang. A great blog on another way to generate ideas.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by David Michael Slater

My picture books are nearly all the product of a love affair with words. I listen and they bring me ideas:

THE RING BEAR was born when my sister told me that her five year-old caused a ruckus at a wedding after she whispered to him that the ring bearer was about to come out. He heard it wrong. And panicked.

the-ring-bear-400CHEESE LOUISE! was born after I heard someone say that “everyone has holes,” meaning “no one’s perfect.” Which lead me to wonder whether Swiss Cheeses mind having lots of problems.

cheeselouiseNED LOSES HIS HEAD is about a boy who…loses his head. (Mom told me I’d lose mine if it wasn’t attached.)

nedloseshishead7 ATE 9 was born after my five year-old told me the old joke: “Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9!” And I had to ask why. (It’s just a joke…

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