In my last post I mentioned I planned to use a format for V.G. and Me that resulted in lines being shorter and with rhymes being on every other line. I thought it might make it easier and more fun to read. Based on some greatly-appreciated initial feedback from Pamela Beckford (THANK YOU, Pamela!), I decided to conduct a poll on this blog and on A Grateful Man as to which format you all preferred.
The polls are now closed. Option #1 (with its longer lines with rhymes on each) crushed Option #2 by a ratio of about 2.5 to 1. It looks as though I should have kept it the way I originally wrote it. A heart-felt thank you for all those who took time out of your busy lives to share your preference regarding the V.G. and Me line construction.
Despite the vote, I was still torn because I agree with some of the comments that children might find shorter lines less intimidating and easier to read, and they can form fun shapes on the page, but those attributes were off-set by the fact that the shorter lines would probably make for a substantially longer book (which can create-attention-span challenges for the youngest children) and that adults tend to make most book buying decisions and a large majority of the adults surveyed preferred the longer lines.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, I plan to use the option #1 longer-line format for both V.G. and Me and for The Grumpadinkles.