Today agent Jenna Pocius wrote about picture books offering readers an opportunity to see things through a different perspective. "...the realization that the world looks different through everyone's eyes."
The two books I read that supported her statement did do a good job of illustrating her point.
Today's Picture Books
Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood with illustrations by Jay Fleck does, indeed, do something different with a traditional opposite book. It starts with the usual In/Out, Asleep/Awake business but moves on to point out that you can only really understand big, if you also know about small. And when does near become far? The different perspective we're talking about here is the relationship between concepts, not just simply noting that they're opposite to one another.
They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel does something very neat with the idea of different perspective. One cat is seen by multiple sets of eyes. This book definitely gives readers an opportunity to see things through a different perspective.
Can I somehow give readers an opportunity to see things through a different perspective in my picture book manuscript? Well, not in an overt way the way these two books do. But like any writer, I think I've done something different with my characters, giving readers a different way to look at someone.
ReFoReMo Books Read To Date: 29 The total is going up very slowly because I can find so few of the ReFoReMo books.