Would You Read It Wednesday #73 – Cheeku The Cheeky Chinese Chicken (PB) AND The Groundhog Day Fun Photo Contest!!!

After my horrifying two entire minutes without chocolate on Monday, I think we better start today’s post off right.  Brownies anyone?


And yes, brownies ARE for breakfast.  Need I remind you that they are made of eggs (protein and arguably one of the most popular breakfast foods), butter (calcium), flour (whole grains), and chocolate (which comes from the cocoa bean and is therefore indisputably a vegetable!)? A bite-sized bundle of nutrition!  A healthy start to a happy day 🙂

Now then.  We have something VERY IMPORTANT to discuss today.  As many of you know (because I so helpfully keep reminding you :)) Groundhog Day is only 10 days away.  And we certainly cannot let it pass by without some kind of high jinx and shenanigans!  So here’s what I’m thinking…

(Yes… look out!… another hair-brained scheme is coming your way!)

Go HERE and download the colorable Phyllis action figure (because really that just sounds so much better than paper doll :)) and print it out (card stock is excellent for this but you can use regular paper too.)  Color her in and cut her out… or cut her out first if you prefer and then color her in… we are not particular 🙂  (And you won’t need the dress-up stuff – it’s for April Fools’ Day – but you can use it if you want :))  You may ask your kids to do this if you like – kids are good at cutting out and coloring.

Now that you have your very own Phyllis action figure, take her outside to a location of your choosing on the morning of Saturday February 2 (also known as Groundhog Day!) and photograph Phyllis (she’s very photogenic!)  You, your kids, your pets, your favorite shovel etc. may appear in the photo with her if you choose.  She can be standing (hint: a popsicle stick glued to her back may be helpful if you want her to stand up!), sledding, hot-air ballooning… be as imaginative or not as you wish 🙂  Creative photoshopping is also acceptable – it’s just not an option for some of us… for various reasons… which may or may not include a total inability to operate photoshop…

Post the picture on your blog any time between Saturday February 2 and Monday February 4th and in the caption underneath (or a post if you’re feeling expansive) tell us where she is (e.g. Mount Everest, Nepal or Chicago, Illinois), the weather conditions (e.g. sunny and -12 degrees) and whether or not she saw her shadow (and hence whether she’s predicting an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter.)  Then pop over here and add your post-specific link to the link list that I will post on my special Groundhog Day post.

Hopefully we will end up with a fantastic list of photos of Phyllis ALL OVER THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE predicting spring, which we can convert into a chart… and then see who is right and who should not pursue a career in meteorology!  (And if you happen to live in the Southern hemisphere you can still play – Phyllis is a weather hog – she can predict fall just as easily :))

Just to up the stakes a little, Phyllis and I will give a prize for the best Groundhog Day photo of Phyllis (which shall be voted upon by you, the experts, on some as yet to be determined date in the week or so after Groundhog Day.)  The winner will receive a signed copy of Punxsutawney Phyllis (or, if you already have it or don’t want it, an unsigned but still free copy of Gretchen Groundhog It’s Your Day, or  Go To Sleep, Groundhog! or a $15 Amazon gift card!)

For anyone who is a teacher and would like to photograph Phyllis with his/her class, feel free to take your photo Friday or Monday and bonus points to you for getting lots of kids involved! – maybe they’d all like to color their own Phyllis action figure! – we’d love to see a vote from your class as to whether Phyllis will predict an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter!

I hope everyone will think this is as tons of fun as Phyllis and I do.  If you don’t, well, we’ll be sad, but we have lots of brownies 🙂

Okay!  Next item on the agenda…

The winner of the December pitch pick was Kim with her pitch for Oyster And Pearl!  Congratulations, Kim!  Your pitch has already flown through cyberspace to Erin Molta’s inbox and I’m sure we’ll hear from her soon!  And congratulations to the other pitchers – awesome job everyone!

And now, today’s pitch comes to us from Catherine, whom you may remember from her pitch for Once Upon A Toilet in September.  She is a British Ex-pat living in Canada with her family. She writes picture books and children’s poetry. You can find her on her blog at http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com 

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Cheeku The Cheeky Chinese Chicken
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Cheeku the cheeky Chinese karate-loving chicken hatches an escape plan when she discovers it’s more than scrambled eggs the chef is putting on the menu.

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 Catherine 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.  There are openings in February – like in 3 weeks! so seriously we could really use some new pitches!  It’s your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Catherine is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to the Groundhog Day contest which I really hope someone will want to participate in!  Think how much fun we’ll have seeing Phyllis in so many different places predicting spring!

Have a great day, everyone! 🙂

58 thoughts on “Would You Read It Wednesday #73 – Cheeku The Cheeky Chinese Chicken (PB) AND The Groundhog Day Fun Photo Contest!!!

  1. Genevieve says:

    I'm a maybe on would-I-read-it. I need a little more – maybe one more sentence. Also, is a Chinese karate chicken politically correct? Or am I over thinking it….?

  2. Cheryl Secomb says:

    Yes! A karate-loving chicken is an intriguing character, and I love the clever use of words such as “hatches” and “scrambled eggs.” It sounds like a fun book!

  3. Julie Rowan-Zoch says:

    I love the title, and would definitely read it, but if this were my pitch I'd enlist Cheeku to chop and rearrange, because the opening is a bit of a mouthful: 'Cheeku
    the cheeky Chinese chicken needs to hatch an escape plan, and put her karate skills to the test, when
    she discovers it's more than scrambled eggs the chef is putting on the
    menu.' One could elaborate with more 'plan' details, but not too much. (FYI, not all Americans know what cheeky means.)

  4. Charlie Eve Ryan says:

    Big YES to reading about Cheeku….short and funny execution! You had me with the title!

    And awesome Phyllis idea, Susanna! The kids will love it

  5. Denise Maclennan Bruce says:

    Hi Susanna and Catherine 🙂

    I love the idea of coloring Phyllis 🙂 I still have yet to get to Green Gables, Susanna and take Phyllis with me. I can't believe I haven't been there yet this fall or winter. It's still in my plans… if it warms up here 😉 It's -37 today! way too cold!! I'll see if Rilla's teacher will let the class in on this too. it's such a cute idea 🙂

    now to Catherine's pitch… Cheeku the cheeky Chinese karate-loving chicken hatches an escape plan when she discovers it's more than scrambled eggs the chef is putting on the menu.

    It seems a little short. I've read this story and LOVE it! Catherine did an awesome job with it! Let's see if I can add to it.

    Cheeku the cheeky chinese chicken LOVES karate but when she discovers it's more than scrambled eggs the chef is putting on the menu she hatches an impressive escape plan to save the chickens from all that stands or meows in their way, but is surprised to see who saves her in the end.


  6. Sue Heavenrich says:

    I can definitely see a “kung-pow” chicken flipping the chef over the plight of eggs (scrambled or not). I would read it because it sounds like it's got lots of potential to hatch laughs.

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