Would You Read It Wednesday #406 – The Alley Cat Chronicles: Mr. Boots, Book 1(CB)

It’s Would You Read It Wednesday again, my friends!

And speaking of Would You Read It, what a glorious week in children’s publishing it is when the ALA Awards are announced – a whole BUNCH of books you’re definitely going to want to read! For the full list (in case you haven’t seen it already) click HERE.

So many books and not enough reading time . . !

I think I need Something Chocolate to munch on while I decide which one to read first 😊 It seems like just the right kind of day for fudgy chocolate brownie cookies loaded with extra chocolate chips . . . or fancied up for Valentine’s Day with Valentine M&Ms! . . . don’t you think?

Best Brownie Cookies

Now then, if you can manage to read and type without getting too much chocolate on your keyboard, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Reed who says, “I am a Registered Psychotherapist during the day and am a kidlit writer by night. I have MS in PB, CB and GN in various stages of development. I live in Toronto, Canada with my hubby, sticky humans and the real Mr Boots and Sassy (aka Boots and Mittens)”

Find her on the web at:
Twitter: reedandwriteki1
Website: reedandnicolebooks.ca

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: The Alley Cat Chronicles: Mr. Boots, Book 1

Age/Genre: Chapter Book (advanced) (ages 7-9)

The Pitch: Cocky housecat Mr. Boots, meets street-wise Sassy, and between them, they have one competent alley cat and it’s not Mr. Boots.

A tomcat, Mr. Boots, claims to be an “expert” of the streets despite a life lived indoors; the small sticky humans, dry clunky kibble, and stinky cramped litter box. When he finally slips away to chase his dreams – and some birds- he discovers that life outside is harder than it looked through the window. To help him learn the ways of the alley, a feisty street cat Sassy, his long-lost kid sister, who can out-hunt and out-climb him steps up. Mr. Boots must accept he is in over his ears and hightail it home or dig in his claws and let Sassy teach him the ways of the streets.

This is the first in a series of chapter books called THE ALLEY CAT CHRONICLES. The series will follow the adventures of Mr. Boots and Sassy and their alley-cat crew as they navigate living on the streets. The books will touch upon themes such as exploring the unfamiliar, facing one’s fears, discovering new cultures and trying new things. The series will keep readers young and old engaged through laugh-out-loud humour.

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 you answer is MAYBE or NO, please feel free to tell us what you think could be better in the spirit of helping Reed 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 menu bar above. There are openings February 9 and 23, as well as in March, so you could get your pitch up pretty soon for helpful feedback and a chance to have it read and commented on my editor Erin Molta!

Reed is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch! I am looking forward to choosing one of those award-winning books and settling down with chocolate cookies to feel cozy being indoors while it’s sub-zero outside. . . right after I freeze myself doing barn chores 😊

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 😊

7 thoughts on “Would You Read It Wednesday #406 – The Alley Cat Chronicles: Mr. Boots, Book 1(CB)

  1. Emily Durant (@emilydurwrites) says:

    Yes, I would read this! It sounds so fun! In the first line of the pitch, the word “cocky” makes me sort of instantly not really like Mr. Boots. Perhaps the word “Over-confident”? In the next sentence, I’m not sure you need the words “A tomcat.” You could just start with Mr. Boots, because it’s clear he’s a male, and the rest of the sentence lets the reader know he is a cat.

    Also in that same first sentence, all the adjectives before humans, kibble, and litter box slow down the reading. I would think you might want to show that Mr. Boot’s indoor life was quite cushy. Perhaps something like “Mr. Boots, claims to be an “expert” of the streets despite a life lived indoors; humans waiting on his every need, kibble delivered directly to his bowl, and his litter box scooped daily.”

    Lastly, to tighten up this sentence: “To help him learn the ways…” perhaps “Sassy, a feisty street cat who can out-hunt and out-climb him, steps up to help him learn the ways of the alley.” (Not sure we need to know it’s his sister in the pitch). Thanks for sharing and good luck with Sassy and Mr. Boots!

  2. robincurrie1 says:

    Love cats having adventures! Do you envision these more art or text? Make a fun graphic “novel” series! Are you an illustrator? Best wishes and have fun!

  3. Karen Condit says:

    Yes, I would read it! I know I’ll be using all my senses and loving it! Your descriptions are wonderful!
    I would tighten things up – seems a little long – by leaving some of those descriptions for the story. I agree with @emilydurwrites, they slow the reading down. You might consider eliminating the first sentence altogether and beginning with, “Mr. Boots, an over-confident house cat, claims to be an expert of the streets.”
    I would definitely let the reader know this is part of a series, but try to do it in a sentence or two. For example the first line could read: “The Ally Cat Chronicle follows the adventure of Mr. Boots and Sassy and their alley-cat crew as they navigate living on the streets.” The story being a chapter book and first in the series is made mention in other ways as you query. All good information yet a bit much for a pitch.
    Thanks for sharing! I would read it!

  4. palpbkids says:

    THE ALLEY CAT CHRONICLES, Woohoo! This is catchy! The adventures of Mr. Boots and Sassy series already tell uadesthese two lively characters will whisk us away on wonderfully, delightful escapes. Really enjoyed how you brought in the attitude of Mr Boots (sticky humans, dry kibbles (or did you mean ‘kribbles”?). Now consider tightening up this pitch to three sentences tops (You can do it:) by removing what is unnecessary to the logline. Looking forward to seeing your first book in print!

  5. seschipper says:

    Yes I would read The Alley Cat Chronicles! I have many of the same thoughts that were mentioned above. Try to shorten the pitch, possibly by eliminating some of the description! Good luck, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Comment Posted For Alana

    YES I’d read it! Maybe because my youngest son loves cats (even though we’re a dog family). Maybe because I love the idea of someone with real world experience guiding someone who thinks they know what’s up but really doesn’t. Or maybe because I’m a younger sister and I like the idea of teaching my older brothers a thing or two. Ha!
    The only thing that threw me off was part of the first sentence: something about “…between the two of them, they have…” probably just me but I got confused. Lol. Looks awesome, best of luck!

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