The above scene transpired in the puppet theatre at the library yesterday. My three year-old, in the guise of the beaver, taught me an important lesson about humor in story.
While the dancing dragon and firefly were compelling enough in their budding friendship and moonlight dance, the beaver’s unexpected entrance added another layer of depth that hadn’t been there.
Even the dragon and firefly, as played by her sisters, laughed – not just me in the audience.
It is the unexpected or turning of conventions on their heads that makes the best humor. It also makes for fresh, unpredictable plots.