A book I thoroughly enjoyed, as did my students, was ONCE UPON A MOTORCYCLE DUDE by Kevin O'Malley. The fairytale was written by his two characters, one a girl and one a boy. What made this book so special was the illustrations because they match well with the text.
For instance, the girl starts telling the story:
"Once upon a time in a castle... there lived a beautiful princess named Princess Tenderheart."
The illustrations done by Carol Heyer match the text perfectly with soft pastel colors, flowers and ponies.
Then the book takes a full 180 degree switch when the boy takes over the story:
"One day this really cool muscle dude rides up to the castle on his motorcycle."
And the illustrations are full of dark colors: blacks, reds and silvers. In fact, Heyer doesn't illustrate these but it's an entirely different illustrator, Scott Goto. There are words like volcanoes, thunder, lightning, battles, and giants.
I loved how distinctly different the characters were and their point of views. It made the story hilarious (sure it was a little stereotypical) but I couldn't help but think, this is the perfect example of a book that shows point of view switches!
Some great links for writing different POV's are:
- Kristi Cook's Point-of-View in Young Adult
- Tara Harper's Multiple Points of View
- Understand the Effects of Your Point of View
- Three Tips for Multiple Points of View
How about you? Have you written or read a great book with multiple points of views?