Sunday, February 1, 2009

Does anyone out there have any good suggestions of young-adult type illustrated books I can check out? I'm trying to direct my book to 10-14 year olds, while still having it mature enough for adults and innocent enough for kids. I've been looking at a lot of Gaiman/Mckean, who do this kind of thing all the time, but I for some reason I can't think of more.

Also, I'm going to have my draft ready for people to look over and edit by Tuesday, it would be super helpful if any of you guys could read it for me this week and get back to me on edits and what doesnt make sense, etc.

Thanks :)

Edit: Neil Gaiman's illustrated version of Stardust by Charles Vess is exactly the type of thing I'm looking for... it is a young-adult age story, but it has illustrations! Its size gets it clumped into the Graphic Novel section.. even tho its styled like a childrens book for adults...
Do I make any sense?
Does anyone know of any other book that does that?


Anonymous said...

Love it! I would LOVE to read/edit for you this week!

For illustrators I would check out:
Edward Gorey - (anything, I have a few!)
Marjane Satrapi,- Persepolis
Art Spiegelman - Maus 1&2
Osamu Tezuka - Buddha series (I have a few!)
Jeff Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Barbara Park - Junie B. Jones series
Dr. Seuss - anything
Ian Falconer - Olivia
Roald Dahl - anything

You should spend a half-day in the children's book section of Longfellow Books or Borders. I go often and sit on the floor and feel like a kid all over again. It's an adventure worth taking. I'll go with you if you'd like company!!

Dani Lee Evans said...

:( Thats my problem, tho. I don't want my book to be a childrens book... Thats a big reason I changed the format from being a square, because squares are so... childish. Im trying to find the distinction between a childrens book and a young-adult book... what defines the two and makes them different? I wish I had an 11 year old that I could ask, lol.

Lobotomy Bunneh is definatly not something anyone would want their child reading.. hahaha..

I think Edward Gorey and Jeff Kinney might be good to look at tho... as well as some others. Thank you for the suggestions!

Anonymous said...

Ohh, okay! Well we should still make a trip to the children's book area/pre-teen novel area!