My children's novel is going to have a map.
Not that I am new to the whole map thing. I mean, Jennifer Plecas (my illustrator for A GOOD KNIGHT'S REST) put a map in that book:
|Could it be more adorable? I mean, just look at it! And, there's the added bonus that a map makes it easier (and more fun) |
for a child to retell a story. Look! You can follow the exact path the dragons took!
|Behold the amazingness! (I took this in Yosemite on Saturday.) Theodore Roosevelt is now my favorite president for creating the National Parks Act (or whatever it was called.)|
(I really wish I could take my Lego people and play with them on this map!! My micro Indiana Jones, Obi-wan, and Harry Potter could wage some epic battles--What? You don't play with your kids' toys? Sure you don't.)
But a map! A map! Yay!
I would squee, but I am a queen, and hence far too dignified for squeeage. But you can imagine that I am sitting in my throne clapping, if you like. I clap like Dumbledore, with only two fingers on each hand. It's a very classy way to clap.
Try it sometime.
I guess I am so excited about getting a map because I was the kind of kid who loved drawing maps, who loved watching pirate movies (just because they were likely to have a map!), who loved imagining imaginary places....
And now I get one!
Are there any books with maps you love?