Day 9: First Lines of Caldecott Winners “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Something happened in my brain when I first read “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann. Something clicked. The light bulb lit itself and my imagination soared.

Peggy Rathmann is both the writer and illustrator of “Officer Buckle and Gloria”, and years ago, as I first enjoyed its interplay of text and illustrations, I realized that the illustrations can often tell the rest of the story. Read alone without the illustrations, the reader is blind of Gloria’s antics. With those illustrations, the text becomes what I used to think of the illustrations–important extras.

What’s a writer to do–one like me who can’t illustrate? Why write a story that is illustration-worthy, of course! Write a story that agents and editors says Oh-This-Must-Get-Great-Illustrations-Added-To- It, I-Know-The-Perfect-Artist-To-Match-To-This-Text!

No pressure, 0f course. Just reality. This month is just about generating a lot of solid ideas, though. Go for it. Go forward, BOLDLY WHERE NO WRITER HAS GONE BEFORE! Even if you think your idea is tired, used, old, bring YOU to it. Make it yours and it can be new.

Here’s the PiBoIdMo 2013 Idea Prompt:

“____________ knew more ____________ than anyone in ___________.”

The first line of “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam, 1995) is, “Officer Buckle knew more safety tips than anyone in Napville.” “Officer Buckle and Gloria” is the 1996 Caldecott Award winner.

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