February’s chat left as smiling from head to toe and we celebrated ‘Books that tickle your funny bone’ with the awesome Will Mabbitt!

He has written three picture books, all of which will give you chuckles galore! – This is NOT a Fairytale, This is NOT a bedtime story and I Can Only Draw Worms.

joy to the worm

Favourite picture books that made us giggle included Chicken nugget by Michelle Robinson & Tom McLaughlin, His Royal Tinyness by Sally Lloyd-Jones and David Roberts, Mo poke by Philip Bunting, Drac and the Gremlin by Allan Baillie and who could forget Mo Willams’ and his cheeky pigeon?!

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Others that got a shout out included the ‘Mr Panda’ series by Steve Antony, The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith , Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss and Jon Klassen and his ‘hat’ series.

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When discussing what makes a picture book a ‘belly fully of laughs’ we all agreed that how the reader delivers the book to the audience is a big factor. Also some chatters enjoyed deadpan humour, absurd/silliness, illustrations contradicting the text and riddles.

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Will also made the point that for him, it is all to do with timing.  The words, illustrations, and design need to work together to make a joke work.

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We all agreed that culture is a big factor in how humour in picture books changes between countries/regions.  Slang , local view points, sensitive topics ,political correctness and how books are translated were also listed as important reasons.

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Illustrators play an important role in humours picture books whether it might be contradicting the text or enhancing it. They fuel the imaginations of the reader and extend the text and intent. It was also noted that an illustrator can add jokes and feelings that the author doesn’t have space to do with words.

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After a great discussion about our funny and laughs-a -plenty picture books…it was time to hand over to Will!

We learnt that another Picture book is in the pipeline for Will (yippee!!)) …however no worms this time!

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He finds Picture books more challenging to write than his Mabel Jones series for older readers.

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Also how Will got his ‘big break’ ..and how his work ended up at a publisher.

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We had such a such a fun time at this chat!!….and it wasn’t complete without a #wormoff …showcasing our very own worms! (You can still join in!…use the hashtag #wormoff)

To check out the whole chat head over to storify

Our next chat will be Thursday 8th of March at 8pm AEST. This is our special 1 year birthday celebration!!!


We are super excited for this one.

Stay tuned for details of our next theme and special guest by subscribing to the blog and following us on Twitter at @picturebookbc!

We look forward to seeing you then!

Join us for our 1 year anniversary as we continue to celebrate the wonderful world of Picture Books! 🙂

– Nicola 🙂


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