As a not-yet-published picture book writer, I’ve heard many times that rhyming texts are hard to sell to non-English speaking countries. But in the UK they sell very well indeed. After all, don’t we all just love a good rhyme? Easy to read aloud for grown-ups, fun to predict for kids, and as for language development…
In Oi Frog, the rhymes don’t chunter along a la Gruffalo, but instead form the whole premise of the story. Listen in to the kids and Patricia and find out how nonsense + rhymes = a whirling good story time.
When I started this Y1 / Y2 after-school club I suspected I’d meet even a little resistance or apathy (from the kids of course, not the staff at Glenfrome Primary).
But no, the kids TOTALLY LOVE to make stories! Some of them write, some of them draw, some do both, and ALL of them bomb the place with glitter.
The reason I loved story-making when I was a kid was the allure of those blank pages… so much potential! It’s great to create that same opportunity and see their eyes light up as they set down their own worlds in these little white books.