Whoopee! What do you know?
It’s Would You Read It Wednesday! 🙂
Today’s pitch is in the realm of a “weird but true” story. I am a huge fan of weird but true facts – they’re so weird… but true! 🙂 So I thought I should begin this post with a weird but true fact of my own that I’m sure will knock your socks off! I also think it would be a great idea for a picture book, if anyone wants to take a crack at it, so I’m sharing it with you, my talented PB-writing posse! 🙂
This is completely true. Seriously. I am not making it up:
A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first passengers on a hot air balloon!
I’m pretty sure no one asked them if they wanted to get in that basket.
I’m guessing they had some serious doubts as to the wisdom of the plan.
But being the
helpless guinea pigs accommodating creatures they were, they climbed bravely aboard and made history!
Possible picture book? I think so! Whoopee!
And speaking of whoopee, how about Something Chocolate – a Whoopie Pie Cake?!
For starters, you really can’t go wrong with a recipe that has both pie AND cake in the title! And really, I think that gooey chocolatey marshmallowy deliciousness looks like the perfect breakfast, don’t you? Maybe we should send some along in the balloon with the sheep, the duck, and the rooster – I’m sure a little snack to sustain them would be most welcome and help make up for the fact that they were tossed willy-nilly and without their consent into a basket attached to a giant balloon and sent skyward where no sheep or rooster had any business being… the duck is another matter 🙂
Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Carolyn who says, “I am a teacher librarian in the Chicagoland area. Working with children, I have discovered that they love to hear stories about the underdog overcoming obstacles and defeating “the top dog”. They also love weird, but true stories. These observations inspired me to write these two stories.”
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Muggsy And His Go-Go Cart
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Muggsy Pawsborne is born without his hind legs. However, he and his family have never seen this as a disability. It has always been his Musggsability, which means he can do anything other dogs can do, just differently. When Muggsy starts at a new school, he encounters the typical group of mean kids. When the mean kids make fun of Muggsy’s wheelchair during recess, he is left feeling embarrassed and lonely. A friendly classmate encourages Muggsy to participate in the school’s Olympic Day in order to show everyone that just because Muggsy has a wheelchair doesn’t mean he is disabled. Will Muggsy persevere and become the top pooch in school?
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 Carolyn 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 Would You Read It in the dropdown under For Writers in the bar above. There are openings in November, so you could get your pitch up pretty soon for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!
Carolyn is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to drafting a picture book about flying animals, aren’t you? What could be more fun?!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂