December 9, 2018, 6:03 AM
Let’s get ready to party … with picture books! Whenever I need something cheerful to look at, I turn to children’s picture books. The variety of stories and illustrations never ceases to amaze me — plus, they’re so much darn fun! One of the reasons I enjoy picture books so much is that they remind me of my childhood when I so loved to write stories. If a princess wanted to slay a dragon then go back home to eat potato salad, my kid brain said, “Sure, why not? Let’s write a story about it!” All of the things that you learn to do as an adult — more work, less play, keep it real, color within the lines — have a tendency to diminish the power of imagination. That’s why I love finding a picture book about a sad flamingo, a little girl and a potato. It’s charming and funny, and if a potato wants to have a conversation with a sad flamingo, well, we’re all the better for it.