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Elizabeth Rose on Parade – Jaquelyn Muller

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Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 12.40.08 pmInspired by the thousands of fearless authors and illustrators, who at some point were prepared to ‘have a go’, Jaquelyn released her first early childhood picture book, ‘I Love You 5 Lollipops’ in May 2013 and reprises the Elizabeth Rose character in the follow up book, Elizabeth Rose on Parade due for release in September 2014.

Here Jaquelyn talks about how she writes, and generously shares her writing tips.

Producing a sequel to I Love You 5 Lollipops wasn’t so much a decision that I made, but one that was made for me by those who had bought the book.

I had lots of requests to write another one, because readers and their parents wanted to see more of Elizabeth Rose and her amazing circus life!

Most days I feel like I live in a circus myself so I am not short on ideas and adventures for Elizabeth Rose.

Updated cover_very smallI wrote both books very differently. The story from I Love You 5 Lollipops was constructed out of the title whereas the title for Elizabeth Rose on Parade, didn’t come until after the story was written.

In both cases however, I had to be very clear about what I wanted to book to achieve as they are both written for very young readers. I also linked the two books together by hiding lollipops in the second book throughout the story for littlies and their carers to find, which I always loved to do with my girls when they were small.

I am always thinking about how young readers respond to books so here are my top tips for writing.

  • Write about places and settings that you remember clearly yourself so you can use all your good describing words
  • Take your time, don’t expect to get it right first go, but don’t give up
  • Keep a journal with you so you can write down ideas, unusual names or how you felt about something as it happens
  • After you write something, read it out loud to yourself or someone else so you can FEEL how it sounds
  • Add surprises to your story, that’s what keeps readers interested.

ABOUT ELIZABETH ROSE ON PARADE – THE REVIEW

Cover_smallElizabeth Rose on Parade is the perfect picture book for circus lovers and for active readers who enjoy dancing, acrobatics and movement.

The rollicking text takes the reader from page to page with colour and lilting language.

Elizabeth Rose is a charming character, and this is not her first story. She and her circus family are  featured in I Love You 5 Lollipops.

Elizabeth Rose on Parade is written by Jaquelyn Muller and the gorgeous illustrations are by Kathryn Zammit.

The text is presented in an informal font and style representing the playfulness of the circus. The illustrations are colourful and full of character and movement.

I like the way that even though there is much talent and interest at the circus, Elizabeth Rose is the star performer, a character young readers can relate to.

In keeping with the fun of the circus, there is a hidden lollipop on each page for readers to find.

Elizabeth Rose on Parade can be purchased at selected bookstores and online through Jaquelyn Muller’s website where Teacher’s Notes are also available. You can view the video trailer here.

Elizabeth Rose is visiting these other great blogs, and you can find out more about her by following the tour.

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Jamie Brown is NOT Rich – Writing Tips and Fun With Adam Wallace

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Adam Wallace profile picAdam Wallace is a very funny man who writes very funny books – and draws the pictures for them.

We’re lucky to have him visiting Writing Classes For Kids today to share his writing tips – and I’ll be talking about his hilarious new book – Jamie Brown is NOT Rich.

ABOUT ADAM

I am a writer. I also draw pictures from time to time, and I also take afternoon naps from time to time.

I love movies like Happy Gilmore, and TV Shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and so I really wanted to do a book that was that sort of style, where someone is like a fish out of water … but not a real fish out of water, because then they would die and get eaten with chips.

So a funny, non-dying, fish out of water story! And THAT is why I wrote Jamie Brown is NOT Rich. It was also fun because I named the main character after a very cool kid I know called Jamie Brown.

ADAM’S TIPS

Tip 1. After you write your first draft, don’t worry if you don’t like all of it. A first draft is for getting all your ideas out, and for getting a general idea of the story. Then your second (and maybe third and fourth drafts) are for getting all the bits you love and turning them into the end story.

Tip 2. After I write a story, I like to look at each scene in the story, and write out a little description and also why it is in the story. if I can’t think of a good reason for it being in the story, I change it so it fits, or cut it out.

Tip 3. Pictures are really handy. Having illustrations in a book means you don’t have to write everything down, some of it can be said in the pictures. So write it all down first, but then don’t be afraid to get rid of some of the words and use a picture to get them across.

Tip 4. It’s good to have other people read the story to see what they think. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything they think about the story, but it can really help you see if it is at the right level for the audience you’re aiming it at.

Tip 5.  YOU have to love it. If you are writing a funny story,  you have to think it’s funny. Or if it’s a scary story,  you have to think it’s scary. If you’re writing a funny story and you think it’s scary, well, I don’t know what to say about that … the point is, if you don’t think it’s funny or scary or sad or whatever, then that will come across in the writing. If you are really into it and enjoying it, that will come across too, and is a MUCH better thing to have come across to a reader.

ABOUT JAMIE BROWN

Jamie Brown is not rich coverJamie Brown is NOT Rich is an illustrated chapter book with an awesome hologram cover.

It’s a funny story about a really, really poor family who become really,  really rich, and have to learn to fit in to the new world they find themselves in.It’s available through bookstores or signed copies can be bought at www.adam-wallace-books.com

Adam also visits markets on the weekend and signs and sells Jamie Brown and his other books … info on where he’ll be each weekend is also at www.adam-wallace-books.com

WHY I ENJOYED JAMIE BROWN

Adam is right. Jamie Brown is NOT Rich does have an awesome cover – and it’s also very funny.

I liked Jamie because he doesn’t take himself  too seriously and even though he is very poor, he still manages to have a lot of fun.

Apart from having no money, Jamie is pretty content with things – and then a letter arrives from a long lost rich relative Barnaby Von Barnabus – and he is giving Jamie and his family a whole lot of money – and a posh house in Snootyville.

I love the funny bits Adam writes and draws to show Jamie trying to get used to living in a rich house with a lot of electrical appliances that he’s never even seen before.

Jamie is a character that readers will like because even when his situations changes, he doesn’t become snooty like the bullies at his new school.

There are funny black and white drawings on every page telling readers even more about Jamie and his new life.

There’s also plenty of action and a twist at the end to keep readers interested.

Jamie Brown is NOT Rich is published by Ford Street.

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