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The Wish Granter

What's a picture book author doing posting about animation?

Well, most of us (picture book authors) love animation. We're just a bunch of grown-up kids with Peter Pan (and Peter Pam) syndrome. :-)

I've always loved animation. My father, Gerald Sorkin, did too. When I'd visit home as an adult, I'd find him watching Cow and Chicken and Rugrats. And Dad really loved Fantasia. Gerry was a mega-marketer, with Don Adams (of Get Smart fame) being an early partner. Dad went on to produce commercials for Pepsi ("All across the nation is a Pepsi generation"), Hires Root Beer, Mountain Dew, and much more. Dad is now up above, watching his family and with one granddaughter, Ariel, successfully following his career path), and he gave us all an indelible appreciation of the arts.

Back to The Wish Granter, a 43rd Student Academy Award® Winner. Kal Athannassov is the Art Director for this delightful short. "Set in a world where wishes are granted by mythical beings that live under fountains, an apathetic wish granter is forced to go above ground to grant a wish of love."

Not only do I appreciate this beautiful short, but also the plot. As a picture book writer, I've learned that my short stories of 500 words or less should present, at the very least, three unexpected conflicts (or problems or issues) that a main character should solve.

Watch howThe Wish Granter attempts to resolve unexpected problems.