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Last week was Book Week at my girls' school. There were many fantastic costumes and some representing current release books. But, most kids seem to dress up from stories that have been around for some time. Dorothy, Tinkerbell and Pocahontas made an appearance. My youngest went as Alice and my eldest pleased me greatly by going as Miss Marple (she's just discovered Agatha Christie mysteries and loves them).
Writers of contemporary children's fiction can learn a lot about what entices a reader from the classic narratives. Sure kids like stories they can relate to with contemporary problems (are these really any different from problems of old?), but books like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Agatha Christie's mysteries, obviously posses a formula worth researching.
For my current WIP, The Warracknabeal Kids, I'm being inspired and educated about young boys' fiction by Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer and To Kill a Mockingbird. Have you read any classic fiction to inspire your current work?
"Oh dear, where's my magnifying glass?"
"I think you dropped it down the rabbit hole old lady."