A Note on Rhyme
– avoid lazy typical rhymes: sprocket/rocket not cat/hat.
– avoid rear rhymes: rain/again. round/cloud
– avoid forced rhymes (Would you have written the story the same way in prose? Don’t let the rhyme take you hostage!)
– choose a rhythm/ meter and be consistent
Writing in rhyme is hard, but it can and is being done very well!
However, there are other ways of making your text fun to read aloud. These include;
Rhythm: Think ‘Iris and Isaac’ (Catherine Rayner)
Repetition: ‘If All the World Were’ (Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys)
Snappy dialogue and onomatopoeia: ‘Supertato’ (Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet)
Puns: ‘AdoraBULL’ (by Alison Donald and Alex Whilmore)
Tongue twisters; …anything by Dr Seuss!
Assonance: similar sounding consonants ‘A Town by the Sea’ (by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith)
Alliteration: repetitive consonants: ‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’ (by Clare Helen Welsh and Sophia Touliatou)
A picture book might only have 300-500 words, so make every word count. They should be the very BEST words.