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Phineas & Ferb Taught Me How to Write for Children

I miss Phineas & Ferb. My children are older and I don’t watch the show alone. But I could. That’s how funny and clever the writing is. It appeals to kids on their level with physical humor and story silliness. Adults adore the show because it slips in pop culture references, pseudo-science, real science and witty banter. Layered Writing When I start a new picture book, it’s rough and not much more than notes of dialogue or scenes in a notebook, in my phone or on a napkin. The story takes form on my computer. As the story progresses, I write first for children and then consider how I can amp up the story to appeal to the adult reading it, weave in something educational (because I taught earl

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