First off, really my head isn't that big and fat. Really. But when I looked at my blog page, I realize I have taken credit for all of the success other people are having as well as claiming to know EVERYTHING that any agent/editor might want to know. Big.Fat.Head.
(And if it wasn't huge already, everyone was sooooo nice in their comments....Bigger.Fatter.Head.)
I was doing a lesson the other day with my fourth graders asking them to tell me, "What makes a book good."
In small groups, they discussed and listed the elements of a good book. They came up with:
a good beginning
something that makes you turn the page
a satisfying ending
Pretty great from a bunch of nine year-olds, no? But really, it was a trick question. Because the answer I really want is not what makes a book good, but who makes a book good.
Yes. The author.
The author controls all of these things. My point being that they are the authors. They have control over their writing.
Except that Bradley threw me for a loop, because his answer was waaaaaay better than my preconceived answer.
Me: So, this is a great list of what makes a book good. Does anyone else have an idea? I'm looking for an answer that no one has said yet. (This is where I am trickily leading them to say the author makes a book good.)
Bradley: hand shoots up.
Me: Bradley, what makes a book good?
Bradley: Hard work.
And there you have it.