A Squiggly Story
Illustrated by Mike Lowrey
Kids Can Press, 2016
A Squiggly Story is a story about writing stories. A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don’t you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.
Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, A Squiggly Story illustrates the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy’s story is shown both as he actually writes it — with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols — and as he imagines it.