What criteria are used to review a children’s picture book?
- What story does the book tell? What are the key elements of this story that makes it stand out – its humor, moral, surprise, wit, imagination, etc?
- How do the illustrations compliment the story?
- To make it into publication a story must have some spark of imagination. What do I think is the spark that caught the eye of the publisher, and would catch the imagination of the reader?
- How does this story speak to children? Does it make them laugh, question, or understand something? Is it scary or comforting? Why would a child like this? Would they want to read it (or have it read) again and again?
- Is there something that makes this book unique?
- Finally: Why would you want to read this book to your child? What makes it so special?
- Summary: How I would describe and recommend this book to a friend.
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