Would You Read It Wednesday – The 28th Pitch

Well, folks, today’s the day I head out for the Reach Out And Read Event!  Pretty exciting!  To those of you who donated books, thank you so very much – the kids will be thrilled.  I’m hoping to get a picture or two today, but you never know…  If I get any, I’ll be sure to post them 🙂

Since I’m off and running today, we’ll cut right to the chase!

Today’s Would You Read It pitch comes to us from Jennifer.  Jennifer loves to read, write, and spend time with her husband and two boys.  She also writes a terrific blog and participates frequently in Perfect Picture Book Fridays 🙂

So without further ado…

Working Title:  The Birthday Bash
Age/Genre: PB (ages 6-8)
The Pitch:  It’s Sylvia’s birthday tomorrow and Stan and Louie have a big surprise party planned. With hilarity and hi-jinks the two raccoons search for Sylvia’s favorite foods in the forest, garages and backyard patios. Will they find what they’re looking for or will the birthday party be a bust?

So what do you think?  Would You Read It?  YES, MAYBE or NO?

If your answer is YES, please feel free to tell us what you particularly liked and why the pitch piqued your interest.  If your answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Jennifer improve her pitch.  Helpful examples of possible alternate wordings are welcome.  (However, I must ask that comments be constructive and respectful.  I reserve the right not to publish comments that are mean because that is not what this is about.)
Please send YOUR pitches for the coming weeks!  For rules and where to submit, click on this link Would You Read It or on the Would You Read It tab in the bar above.  Go ahead and send your pitch for a chance for it to be read by editor Erin Molta!
Jennifer is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!
And I’m looking forward to seeing you all Friday for Perfect Picture Books! 🙂

67 thoughts on “Would You Read It Wednesday – The 28th Pitch

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Well, Erik, I am currently ahead in the Hill vs. Raccoon war due to new garbage cans with tight-fitting lids further secured with multiple bungee cords – figure that one out, rascally raccoon! 🙂

    And thank you – I'm actually reading this the next day, but the event was wonderful and the kids and I had a great time!

  2. Christie Wild says:

    Yes. I think the raccoons will make it more fun. Maybe give one example for each of the “hilarity” and “hi-jinks” part instead of telling.

  3. Jackie says:

    I like it and would read it with my children. My only feedback, and this is just my personal opinion, is that the names strike me as not modern, though I suppose they are raccoons and it doesn't matter…I don't have any experience naming anthropomorphic animals!

  4. Lisa Birenbaum says:

    I would read it – the raccoons and the image of them digging through the garbage is a great one and what hooks me. I don't really like the phrase “…will the birthday party be a bust” because it seems like we're setting up for failure instead of a cute ending. I think I would just leave it at “Will they find what they're looking for?”

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