Monday, December 10, 2012

Test Run of My Story on Real Kids


I've been struggling to keep up with everything lately and have been scarce here. Thanks to blogger buddies like Bish Denham, I'm still plugging along. Bish invited me to guest post on her blog, and today is the day! 

Testing the work in progress of Curse of the Double Digits on a second grade class in 2008 made for wonderful memories in my writing journey. Please hop over to Bish's blog, Random Thoughts, to read about it.

Drawn by Bobbie Watkins, age 8
Cypress Elementary School

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 
                                                                                   ~Pablo Picasso


The children didn't have the benefit of seeing any illustrations when I read my manuscript to them. The teacher, Mrs. Kyle, had them draw their own!

16 comments:

Ruth Schiffmann said...

What a great idea. How fun for the students to create their own illustrations. I'll bet it was fun for you to see them, also.
Heading over to Bish's now. . .

Emily R. King said...

How fun! I bet it was wonderful seeing all those drawings. I love it!

LynNerdKelley said...

Ruth - Yes, it was fun for the students to draw their favorite character. I loved seeing their interpretations of how the characters looked!

Emily - It was a blast reading to the kids and watching their responses. And the drawings was such a nice surprise at the end, and then I got to keep them. Pretty awesome!

alarnarosegray.com said...

Oh, I just love the art the kids draw. It's always so rich... What a buzz for you! :)

JJ said...

Sometimes, artists present the world the way they think we want to see it. Children are always honest.

susielindau.com said...

I think that the trick is to keep seeing the world as if it is for the first time...

LynNerdKelley said...

Alarna - Yes, I love kids' art, too. Yes, it's a buzz! Haven't used that term in ages!

JJ - What a cool observation. So very true!

Susie - You're so right. Seeing the world as if for the first time is the key to art and writing both, I think!

Rena and Denny said...

Like I said on Bish's blog, this sounds like a great book. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. :)

Teresa Robeson said...

How cool that you got to test-drive Double Digits on the second grade class, Lynn! And I love Bobbie's drawing!

Heather Kelly said...

We are totally digging Curse of the Double Digits--it's a great read-aloud. What a gift to you--those illustrations the kids did. :) (I did say thank you for your gift to me, right?!) I swear I am losing my mind these days. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Hey, guess what? I started reading your post at 12:12! So that's 12:12, 12-12-12.

Sounds pretty lucky to me!

Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt said...

What a fabulous idea! I hope it's very very successful!

Patricia Rickrode
w/a Jansen Schmidt

Rhonda Hopkins said...

What a great idea! I have another friend that is just starting out writing children's books. I'm going to share this with her. :-) I loved your book. It was such a fun read!

Misha Gericke said...

I still think the teacher had a super idea to give them to you.

Children's drawings are so special. Especially when they're about your children's book.

:-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynn, wanted to thank you for the eCard!!

cleemckenzie said...

I think having kids draw their own pictures is a brilliant idea!