I love Holly Hobbie's Toot and Puddle series.
And while I clamber down and write my first draft of my new pb manuscript I stare not only at my samples for this book, but I nestle with Toot and Puddle.
Not only is Ms. Hobbie a funny and dry illustrator with a brave voice, she has a great way with language and word sounds in her sentences. Her sentences roll of the tongue. So I examine them in my own writing... my own way.
(First get your premise down to a few sentences and establish your set-up and have a few hooks. Put in a bad guy who is not so bad intentionally and make your boy mc a hero.)
Erk... Back to Holly... and what is really cool is that she is not young. But she is still going strong....
and she doesn't get talked about that much IMHO. Huh?
Love you Holly. You rock! And you delight your readers.