Fans of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and other Kevin Henkes picture books will be glad to hear that Lilly returns next March in another starring role. In Lilly's Big Day, her favorite teacher gets married! I, for one, can't wait.
Recently a friend told me she wanted to write a children's book and asked for advice. I told her to take Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and study it page by page (and take notes) to see how Henkes does it. And, of course, to read, read, read other picture books by a range of authors. But Henkes is a master, and one can learn a lot about craft by examining his story's structure.