I study picture books to improve my craft, but I also love picture books. They are funny, and poignant, and most important, true. In a few words, they get to the heart of pain, love, or absurdity.
This week, I ran across The Staring Contest by Nicholas Solis (full disclosure: I know the author and I’m not dropping names), and interactive picture book that challenges the reader to, of course, a staring contest. Kids will love trying to beat the cocky narrator and they will relate to the narrator at the unexpected ending.
Sometimes a staring contest isn’t just a silly game. Sometimes it’s about confidence, perseverance, and heart.