David Michael Slater is a word whiz. When he isn’t teaching school aged tweens and teens, he’s writing picture books, chapter books, and books for the tween, teen, and adult market. This post looks at his books written for his youngest fans.
Puns, idioms, wordplay, oh my!
On the very first page of Battle of the Books, Jeff
(Illustrator), Slater introduces a
mystery novel and Paige, a romance novel both new to the library. The mystery
book approaches Paige and says, “Wait till everyone checks you out!” On the
next page a book dressed with tweed hat and pipe tells the newcomers, “I’m afraid this
library is all booked up” and the
reader knows this book will Ebbeler with wordplay. be filled
When One forgets how to count past six in Seven Ate Nine,
Besides fun wordplay, kids take away important messages from Slater’s stories filled with humor and emotion.
(Illustrator). Steve Cowden
Everyone deals with problems because “nobody is perfect.”
Jacques & Spock, Debbie Tilley (Illustrator).
Slater writes from a child’s point of view masterfully using imagination
How would a young nonreader treat a book? In The Boy & the Book: [a wordless story], Bob Kolar (Illustrator), Slater’s character drags, tears, and tosses his favorite book at the library like a toy. Each time the boy returns the battered book hides from him. How does the character need to change, so he interacts appropriately with the book? He must learn what books are for.
In The Ring Bear: A Rascally Wedding Adventure, S. G. Brooks, (Illustrator), a young
More picture books by David Michael Slater:
Slater’s books are wonderful mentor texts to study how he uses language, theme, and character arc to write books that appeal to audiences of all ages.