How can picture book authors use this hook? Easy! It's called a page turn. In its simplest form, it's really just the element of story coming into play. If you care about the character, then you will want to know what will happen next. Picture books are short. You turn the page approximately 14 times. It's like having 14 mini chapters! Granted, we don't get to choose where the page turn will occur, but it IS good practice to write your book with at least an idea of where you think the page turns will occur. To do this, you can use a storyboard. It's simpler, easier, and quicker than actually making a book dummy. My favorite one is Kim Norman's. You could also make your own.
Ways to create a hook, or page turn, in a picture book:
- Use plot structure to enhance curiosity about what will happen next.
- Use questions in the text.
- Create questions in the minds of your readers.
- Put MC in an uncomfortable situation.
- Have MC take action to solve a problem. (This is a surefire way to ask "What do you think will happen?")
- Introduce a new problem.
- Twist the plot some more.
- Show MC emotions. (This brings the question WHY into play. Readers will turn the page to find out.)