Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Guess My Friends

Welcome to the shadowy and not-so-shadowy space behind Sally's books. If you're not familiar with this blog, scroll down to see what it's all about.

Guess My Friends (Post 67)

Guess my Friends (2000) is a rhyming story that isn't exactly a picture book. The text is similar in length and form to a rhyming picture book text, but the illustrations are line drawings. The verses describe an animal, giving it a name (such as "Smiley") without mentioning its species, and then invite the reader or listener to "guess my friend". Over the page is another verse with a picture and the solution. It's a cheerful little book in a small format, and as a bonus it could be used as a colouring book. Guess My Friends dates from a period when publishers were experimenting with different formats, offering high interest texts with a lot of illustration, but keeping the costs down by eschewing the traditional large format and interior colour. They were generally aimed at newly independent readers.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. This preamble will be pasted to the top of each post, so feel free to skip it in future.

The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist.  

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