Mentor Text Monday: No Yeti Yet

Writing for Children Blog
March 2, 2016

What writers and illustrators can learn from…



How to…


*craft a successful all-dialogue text.

*keep the text sparse and still make every word count.

*leave room for amazing interplay in the illustrations.

*make kids crave page turns.

*let the reader in on a secret that the main characters don’t know about.

*build tension gradually and then pow!, deliver a perfect climax.

*infuse innocence and whimsy by choosing the correct color palette.


This. Is. Adorable. So much fun. The all-dialogue text is precise and true to the age and relationship of the sibling characters. The page turns play to a child's curiosity and wanting to read on. This will prompt a child to reread this one over and over again and also want to read it alone or even with a friend or a sibling. (They could each read a part!) So. Much. Fun! I love the subplot in the pictures and how the reader is in on a secret that the characters don't know about. Near the end, the brother is in on a secret that the other doesn't know. So much suspense and the illustrations are perfect in every way. I love the color selections, the scenery, and the expressions on the character's faces that complement the character development. Interplay between text and illustrations is at an all-time high!


Carrie Charley Brownis the founder and co-coordinator of ReFoReMo, or Reading for ResearchMonth, a research challenge and blog focused on mentor texts for picturebook writers. She eats, sleeps, and breathes KidLit as a picture bookwriter, CYBILS panelist, and Regional Advisor for SCBWI North Texas.

If you want more writing instruction like this, plus lots of tips and great resources, click here!

Sign up for our weekly tips & market leads. 

If you write for children, sign up for our ICL newsletter.

Writing for adults? Sign up for the IFW newsletter.