Creating a lively narrative voice is difficult. It’s good to have examples that we can learn from.
So I was interested to note that a couple of weeks ago Publishers Weekly posted an article by author Antoine Wilson listing his top ten picks for best narrators. (Reliable or unreliable.) Two on his list were Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield. Most of his listed narrators appear in books for adults. Naturally, it made me think about narrators in books for kids.
I have a few favorites—what about Christopher of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME? Or Joey Pigza of JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL? Or Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood of WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE? Or Primrose Squarp of EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE? Or Death in THE BOOK THIEF? Or Alexander T. Wolf of THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS?
Let me know your favorite top 3 or 4 narrators—max. (Remember, these are not necessarily main characters!) I’ll try to compile a list of strong/interesting narrators of books written for children. (All ages—baby to young adult.) Please limit your choices! We want thoughtful responses.
So let’s say you have about a month. Somewhere around the end of November, 2012, I’ll post the top repeat winners. It will be fun to see who we come up with! Please spread the word to fellow writers, readers, librarians, teachers, booksellers and others by reposting, tweeting and putting up on your Facebook/web page.
I’ll even sweeten the deal! I’ll keep track of all responders, and at the end of the period I’ll randomly draw the name of a responder. That person will win a free copy of one of my books, autographed.
Leave your nominations for great narrators in the comments field below…