I dare you not to fall in love with Auggie Pullman. Take care to pay special attention to the dialog and plot direction.
Hiring an Illustrator can be very expensive. Story Board — once you have the basic elements laid out, storyboard to plan the pages. Both situations likely mean a lot of leg-work on your end. Either way, you need to make the illustrations informative and clear, coupled with easy to follow text.
In that moment, Jack thanks the other boys for saving them, and he high fives them. Concision and clarity is of the utmost importance.
I have a couple of different favorites.