Mr. Zelinsky has illustrated over 30 books for children, including his Caldecott Medal-winning Rapunzel and this year’s very funny Z is for Moose (written by Kelly Bingham). In other words, he’s a picture book rock star.
For the critique, I chose to submit a sample illustration from a picture book work in progress (below). As the piece is part of a narrative, I was also able to include some rough images from the dummy.
I was impressed by the detail of Mr. Zelinsky’s notes. His feedback was thoughtful, thorough, and kind. He commented on what I did well but focused more on the areas where I should improve. Most important, he provided very specific recommendations on how to create a better book.
I shared some excerpts from his critique over on Illustrators for Kids. You can find the post here.
Thanks to Mr. Zelinsky, Katie Wools, and Missouri SCBWI for the opportunity!