I’ve done a little bit more research since Monday, and I’ve decided to change my project very slightly. Before, I was going to write in an historical fiction genre for children, however after doing more research on Winnie-the-Pooh (which was what drew me to writing for children, anyway) I’ve decided not to model my project off of Magic Tree House and just stick with the children’s book genre, of ages about 5-7. I’m not doing this because I don’t want to write about the history; I’m going to keep the historical aspects because that’s part of my original piece, I just want to focus more on the writing style because that’s what I want to get out of this project anyway.
I do this also because I consider Pooh to be a genre of its own. No one else writes quite like that, and I think that his style bleeds over into genre. I say this because he writes (a) for a child’s perspective while adding in some sophistication only adults will understand (this in itself isn’t unique, as cartoons do exactly that), (b) as if the action is literally happening, and instead of conveying the actual action he’ll use one of the characters’ perspectives, making it playful (as seen here), and (c) he wittily plays with different writing elements (like breaking the fourth wall, having the omniscient narrator limit himself by taking on the characters’ positions, and using dry humor surrounding his characters’ childlike egocentrism to make the characters clearly absurd while retaining the own characters’ obliviousness and thus retaining the story’s childlike innocence). That was a lot to handle in one sentence. However, Milne’s style is inarguably unique, and the point of all of that was to argue that his style makes his genre like no other writer.
The only help I could use is to find more examples of writing like Pooh. My initial research hasn’t turned up anything (besides a movie review, though it’s not of the same caliber), so having one more example to base my writing off of would be great. Otherwise, I think I just have to write. That’s the only way I’ll know what I need to work on. I will continue my research tonight by watching the Pooh movies on Netflix (not just to watch them, but because part of the charm of the story is the pictures playing with it) and the movie plays with the words spoken because Pooh literally trips over the words on the page.