In one of the picture book manuscripts I’m working on, there’s a spot where the page turn produces a surprise “Pop!”
I’m trying to make the story around it worth that pop.
A good onomatopoeia can create a satisfying surprise.
Whether it’s a bag
Or a flower
Whoa, I didn’t see that one coming!
Hee,hee, hee... what else you got?
Um, well, of course I've got something else, um, a good surprise would be, um, well, um -
How about popcorn? That pops twice!
First on the stove, and second when you 'pop' it in your mouth
Ha, yeah, Or a lollipop your sister has suddenly grabbed from your hand
Or maybe your little brother picked his nose so much that his head explodes!
LOL! I'm not going to find a picture for THAT. But I think we’re getting carried away.
Yeah, hee hee, you’re probably right.
Our point is, don’t be afraid to add a little surprise onomatopoeia, whether you're writing...
A chapter book
A picture book
Or even a board book
Or whether it’s an unexpected punch
Hey, careful where you throw that punch!
Don't worry, I will - like the Powerpuff girls who look all sweet and cute until you get them angry
Oh! Kind of like superheroes from Cloud Cuckoo Land
Anyways, if you’re looking for more surprising blogs that may or may not have onomatopoeia in them, please check out the A to Z Blogging Challenge
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)