Shonneri Herndon

illustrator&designer

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Have Good Dreams

This is just the start of the planning of this picture book. (VERY ROUGH) But my goal is that I want to have it ready to show publishers, and drawn up to it's final form in the next 5 years. My five year goal bascially. It's a big goal, but I believe that I can do it, so here's my rough draft and inspiration stuff.

The picture book I was most inspired by was Journey. When you talked about it, I liked how simplistic it was in terms of just utilizing pictures and allowing the childs mind to wander and wonder about what's going to happen next. So I went to his website and looked at his processes for Journey and similarly his other book, Quest. Although my book is not exactly like that (with no word count), it draws from that by being extremely limited.

My theme is, "Do not be afraid."

Age range: 3-7

My question, "What if after asking for good dreams at night God gives you beautiful scenes of Him being there for 'His people' to fall asleep to?"

Type of picture book? - Modern

Plot Structure?  -  Concept Plot Structure (Focuses on Single topic)

Goal? - To sleep peacefully through the night having good dreams

Conflict? - She normally sees monsters in her dreams

My Vision: She's a very plain girl. Almost stick figure-ish lol. But then when you open to the pages that show her dreams they are all very detailed and more life like. Almost like a Wizard of Oz moment where it goes from black and white to color. I also want to show the monsters still hinting in places in her dreams, but as she starts to learn more about God, and basically through faith in Him, she starts seeing less of them until they are gone by the "Jesus Birth" illustration.

Manuscript:

"It is time for Alisha to go to sleep. Her mom tucks her into bed and they say her prayers like they do every night. After they finish, Alisha's mom walks toward the door. Alisha sits up really fast as her mom is about to walk out.

"But mommy, I'm scared! I always wake up at night because I see monsters in my dreams!"

Her mom walks back to Alisha and holds both of her hands. She smiles, "Okay Alisha, lets pray one more time. This time we'll pray for good dreams." 

Alisha nods her head and smiles. They both close their eyes and Alisha's mom says, "Dear God, please take the monsters out of Alisha's dreams FOREVER. Bless her with good dreams. In Jesus name we pray, amen."

"Amen!" Alisha shouts as she snuggles back under her covers with a smile, and her mom walks out the door. 

She closes her eyes, and a good feeling comes over her. She couldn't see that God's finger from above lightly touched her forehead. After that touch, she was taken into a dream land that God prepared for her.

Illustrations:

Illustrations will span for two pages each for the rest of the book. The main manuscript flows over four pages and is also accompanied by illustrations.

Here is the list of stories from the Bible that I think go well with my theme of not fearing. I only aim to show the end parts of the story highlighting good things. Which is why I provide the Scripture numbers if the parents want to then read them these stories on other nights.

a. tucks her into bed and they say her prayers

b.  mom walks toward the door. Alisha sits up

c. prays with her mom again 

d. after her mom leaves her eyes are closed, and God's finger touches her forehead

e. transported to a dream land

1. Eden 

2. Noah's Ark (after the flood)

3. Joseph's Coat/At the palace

4. Moses Birth/Saved

5. Parting of the Red Sea/Crossing Safely

6. Armor of God

7. Ruth or Esther

8. Daniel Lions Den/Saved

9. Walking on Water

10. Feeding the 5000

11. Cross and the tomb

12. Then she meets Jesus (though she wont really see his face) & glimpse of heaven in background

Little more of the Manuscript:

Alisha wakes up the next morning feeling so great, because God answered her prayers. She saw many good and wonderful things, she couldn't wait to tell her mom about what happened to her!

And that's basically it. I'm hoping for feedback because I'm wondering if the vocabulary is a little too advanced or is it good for the mix of ages I want this book to be for? Thanks! I look forward to hearing back from people!

Edited Manuscript:

(Illustration: Her mom tucks her into bed and they say her prayers like they do every night.)

It's time for Alisha to go to sleep, her mommy helps her say her prayers every night.

(Illustration: Alisha's mom walks toward the door. Alisha sits up as her mom is about to walk out.)

"Mommy, I'm scared! I always see monsters in my dreams!"

"Okay, well, let's pray for good dreams. Dear God, please take the monsters out of Alisha's dreams FOREVER. Bless her with good dreams. In Jesus name we pray, amen."

"Amen!" Alisha shouts and her mom walks out of the room.

(Illustration: Her eyes are closed, and God's finger from above lightly touched her forehead.)

(Illustration: After that touch, she was taken into a dream land that God prepared for her.)

(MAIN ILLUSTRATIONS)

(Armor of God Illustration

Alisha is starting to believe in God more and is becoming brave. The monsters have disappeared altogether now. Yay!

(Meet Jesus Illustration)

"You are a child of the light. No monsters can harm you. Don't be scared, I'm with you always."

(Part of the illustration: Alisha hugs him as the pages then turn)

Alisha wakes up feeling great, because God answered her prayers. She saw wonderful things, and couldn't wait to tell her mom about her good dreams!

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Still havent done my dummy yet because I'm working on actual compositions and drawings. I might do the dummy today to get an idea of all the commpositions. Though my workflow right now consists of doing 3 different compositions & drawings and choosing the best drawing afterwards.

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