- Kids love the unexpected. One minute they’re gripping their seat with a thrilling scene. The next minute something unpredictable happens, maybe something really funny. Kids go from heart thumping to laughing to crying or laughing so much they cry.
- Kid’s comedy is enhanced with cartoon and graphic illustrated pictures of humorous characters and scenes in your novel.
- Incorporate comedy and tragedy together. Make the reader empathize with the main character’s struggles. Let them really care about him. Jo-Kin is the nerdy kid who can’t do anything right. We laugh at him when he fails and falls but we cheer for him when he finally succeeds. Relate to your characters as real people, then you’re more likely to connect emotionally with your readers.
- Develop characters and descriptions that are both gross, ridiculous and intriguing e.g. Lord Terra’s evil side-kick is Prince Poison. PP ‘has slimy slithering arms, each capable of shooting out a bubble of stink gas, as toxic and deadly as could be. He was the stinkiest alien that ever lived. PEE-UW! Boy did he pong! Worse than the rottenest egg gas. Worse than the smelliest fart.’
A: A Mars bar!