“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
But a good ending is simply sweet! I love clever endings. Not just the happily ever after endings and certainly not the didactic, “getting your message across” endings. Endings that are much more than that… endings that are fabulous finishing touches.
I am fascinated by stories that are able to come full circle – when the end meets the beginning in the most magical, ingenious way possible. It’s more than the icing on the cake. Icing on a cake, like an ending to your story, is expected. But for a picture book to be brilliant, the ending must be much more than icing….
I’m also intrigued by the stories with endings that lead the reader into thinking about a new situation, similar in premise, yet different somehow.
Now and then I’ll share (what I think are) Fabulous Finishes – loops and/or leads from some of my favorite picture books.
For examples of some of my favorite PB endings click here