Perfect Picture Book Friday – Not So Much

Well, darlings, I warned you it would probably happen and it has.

Perfect Picture Book Friday has arrived and I have not managed to cobble a post together.

That is because I am in Ohio, where technically they do have books but I haven’t had one single second to read any.

I have become Even More Educated in many aspects of going to college, though, so it “ain’t been in vain fer nothin'” (bonus points to anyone who can tell me what movie that line comes from :))

I’m going to post the link list so all you wonderful dedicated types can put your books up and we can all come see what you picked.

And then I’m going to go have a serious talk with that Jo-Jilly (my direction-challenged GPS) who thought it would be very entertaining to get us to Ohio by way of West Virginia and much driving through tunnels under mountains.  Seriously.  I am not making that up.  And now we have to start heading back east and I don’t want to do it by way of Japan.  Hence the talk.  Although I don’t have much hope.  That Jo-Jilly is maddeningly unresponsive to talks!  It’s like she doesn’t hear a word I say. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Would You Read It Wednesday #82 – Flood Dogs (PB) AND Straight From The Editor

Good Morning Everyone!

By the time you read this I will hopefully be heading west for a couple of college revisits.

(College revisits are not to be confused with college visits.  College visits are the ones you do to decide where you want to apply.  College revisits are the ones you do after you’ve been accepted and you’re trying to decide where you want to go.  It’s very technical.  Much more involved than when I was a lass… back in the last century… well, technically back in the last millennium… when you just applied to college and went.  But I digress… :))

Yep.  It’s me, the boy, Princess Blue Kitty (my faithful car), and Jo-Jilly (my obnoxious less faithful GPS) on the road again!

If all goes according to plan we’re leaving at 4ish AM give or take a few.  If you spent any time here over the summer during the college visits, you know how that Jo-Jilly riles me, so you will forgive me if we skip straight to Monkey Cake 🙂

photo copyright Stacy S. Jensen 2012 used by permission

Mmmm!  Chocolatey goodness!  Thank you, Stacy 🙂

Today we have a Straight From The Editor for Wendy’s winning pitch from February.

You will recall Wendy’s original pitch for Why Fireflies Should Never Drink Soda (PB ages 3-7):

Life is good for the insects at the campground—until something attracts a hungry bullfrog. When Herman, a feisty firefly, takes a sip the hiccuping winged beacon learns why he’s been taught that fireflies should NEVER drink soda.

Here are editor Erin Molta’s comments:

This sounds very cute! And I can see the potential for humor—which is great in a picture book. However, I think you need to clarify what attracted the hungry bullfrog—was it the soda or the hiccupping firefly. Though you want an editor curious about your book it’s more that you want them to read to find out how it happens, not really make them wonder what exactly you mean.
 I think if you don’t want to repeat soda twice you can go with something like I’ve suggested and tell us what attracted the bullfrog—was it a loud repeating noise (the hiccups?) or a strobe light (because he was flashing erratically)? Then it’ll be clear and still funny.
 Life is good for the insects at the campground—until something (what?) attracts a hungry bullfrog. When Herman, a feisty firefly, takes a sip (of sweet bubbly nectar) thehiccuping winged beacon learns why he’s been taught that fireflies should NEVER drink soda.

As always, I find Erin’s thoughts so helpful!  I hope you do too 🙂

Today’s pitch comes to us from Pam B.  Pam says, Professionally I was a 3rd and 6th grade teacher before becoming an instructor in Early Childhood and Adolescent Education at Bloomsburg University.  Currently I’m taking time away from teaching to focus on my family and my writing.  You can follow me on Twitter @PamBrunskill.”

Working Title: Flood Dogs
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 5-8)
The Pitch: Based on a true story, FLOOD DOGS tells of a girl, her dogs, and the flood that comes between them.  Cadence promises her dogs she’ll play fetch after school, then locks them in the mudroom on her way to the bus.  When the local creek floods, Cadence and her family can’t get home, and her dogs are trapped inside.  For three days, Cadence worries. 
Will her dogs survive?
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 Pam 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 June, so you have time to polish your pitch for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Pam is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to getting wherever it is we’re going without incident and to hopefully having a couple of enlightening revisits that will help the decision process!

Have a great day, everyone, and wish me, the boy, Princess Blue Kitty and Jo-Jilly good luck 🙂

P.S. I’d better warn you in advance that I may not manage to pull a Perfect Picture Book out of the hat this week since I will presumably be somewhere in the midwest, but I will at least post the list for everyone else 🙂