Keep the following 12 commandments in mind. (As with most commandments, you may be able to dance around one or two, but you’d better have a good reason.)

  • It’s okay to be different from others, but it’s not easy.
  • Bad guys never win.
  • The good guy must come out on top in the end.
  • Extremes rule (the world is black or white, not both – most children ages 10 and under can be quite literal).
  • All characters should be drawn with both good points and weaknesses. No one is just one or the other – even the good and the bad guy.
  • It’s fine for something to be scary, but it can never touch a little kid’s body.
  • Little people can triumph over big people.
  • Poopoo, peepee, tushies, passing gas, burping, underwear – they’re all hilarious.
  • Turning things upside down is funny – as long as those things make sense in the first place right side up.
  • Magic can occur as a logical reaction to an action.
  • Regular children can perform extraordinary feats.
  • Regular children can go on implausible missions sanctioned (or not) by adults in charge.
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