Would You Read It Wednesday #192 – Cursing Cats (PB)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Today is a very exciting day!

Remember how a few weeks back I was all excited because my house was no longer two-tone but all one color… after a year or more of being unfinished?

Apparently this is a trend because let me tell you about my stove.

Once upon a time, we moved into this house with a new stove.

22 years later (which was last year), on Thanksgiving, the oven decided it didn’t feel like working any more.  Our turkey did not cook.  Really.  I am not making this up.

Now, you’d think, given the trauma of Thanksgiving without a turkey, we would have gotten right on that and bought a new stove immediately…  But that is not the way things work on Blueberry Hill.  After all, the oven still functioned well enough to bake brownies and cookies, which is pretty much all I use it for 🙂

So we coasted along happily using the stove top… and then summer came and we could use the grill outside… and all was well.

But a few weeks ago, we started talking about Thanksgiving.  And using my keen powers of reasoning, I astutely realized that we were going to find ourselves in the same predicament this year as last, since our oven had not magically resurrected itself, which did not bode at all well for the Thanksgiving turkey.

So I bit the bullet and bought a new stove!

It’s so pretty!

It has convection roast and convection bake as options (not requirements, for those of us who embrace change slowly) and a simmer burner and a power burner and a griddle/grill for the stovetop.  If all goes according to plan, our Thanksgiving turkey will cook this year!

There’s just one little thing.

The gas has yet to be hooked up.

And it turns out the stove/oven doesn’t work so well without it 🙂

But that’s supposed to happen today.  TODAY, I tell you!  So let’s get ready for some baking!

And speaking of baking makes me think of Something Chocolate (shocking, I know :))  How about some triple chocolate cheesecake with oreo crust?  Sound good to you?  It sounds good to me!

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust from OMG Chocolate Desserts
http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/triple-chocolate-cheesecake-oreo-crust/
and yes the recipe is on that link 🙂

YUM!  And I believe it covers all the basic food groups… dairy, veggies (chocolate comes from beans, remember?!), whole grains (there has to be some kind of flour/wheat product in oreos!), and chocolate!  Eat up, lambies!  You need your strength! 🙂

Now that we are all fortified, and our brains are functioning at 200% power, today’s pitch comes to us from Sandy who says,  “I started buying picture books for my kids before I even had kids! And even though my seven-year-old granddaughter can read chapter books on her own, she still lets me read picture books to her. I’ve published one story in the now defunct “Pennywhistle Press,” a Gannett Press newspaper insert for kids. I also write non-fiction articles for local publications.”

You can find Sandy on FB at Sandy Lowe Ink.

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Cursing Cats
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Tired of being misused and overdressed by a little girl, Jack and Dave learn “curse words” from watching TV. They hope that using words like “bifurcated” and “crepuscular” in front of the girl will ensure her grandmother won’t let her play with them anymore. They succeed, but in a way they weren’t expecting. 

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 Sandy 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 January so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Sandy is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to getting my stove hooked up and trying it out!  Plus, my lovely sister-in-law, upon hearing we were getting a new stove, sent me a new cookbook to go with it!  Hopefully it’s idiot-proof and will provide recipes for the cooking-challenged that I can actually be successful with!  Wish me luck! 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday #191 – Showdown At The Sippy Cup Saloon (PB)

Howdy folks!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Would You Read It for this important message from our sponsors:

Voting continues in the Halloweensie Contest until 5 PM today!!!  If you haven’t had a chance to weigh in yet, please hop over HERE to read the amazing finalist stories and vote for your favorite!!!  We need all the votes we can get!!!

Now then, back to WYRI!

And by “back to WYRI” I of course mean “time for Something Chocolate!!!” 🙂  And since it’s only a couple days after Halloween, what better than leftover chocolate Halloween Candy???

Whoever thought up Halloween was a genius! 🙂

YUM!!!  Of course, I don’t actually HAVE any leftover chocolate Halloween candy… I can’t imagine why… 🙂

Today’s pitch comes to us from Jessica Swaim, a parttime poet who spends an inordinate amount of time playing with her dogs.
Take a peek at both her books and her dogs at http://jessicaswaim.com

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Showdown At The Sippy Cup Saloon
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: In the tiny town of Toddle, in the cradle of the West, Sheriff Wyatt Burp is snoozing in his crib when Wild Bill Hiccup arrives to wake up — and shake up — the pint-size population.  “Don’t go gettin’ yer onesie in a twist,” Wild Bill warns Wyatt, but tempers flare until the two go bib to bib in a showdown at the Sippy Cup Saloon. Who will emerge the rootin’ tootin’ squirt gun shootin’ hero of the West? 

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 Jessica 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 January so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Jessica is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to finding out who wins the Halloweensie Contest!  Tune in tomorrow!!!  Meanwhile, try to keep calm and think about something else so you won’t go nuts waiting.  Really.  Just don’t think about it.  Don’t keep wondering who the winner might be, and who might be second and third….! 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday #190 – Aunt Elvira And The Watermelon Seed (PB)

Howdy, my friends!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!

Has everyone besides me written their entry for the Halloweensie Contest?

I confess, I haven’t even started my sample.  I haven’t even thought about it!  I don’t have the slightest inkling of an idea… which is a little worrisome given that it has to be posted in 5 days!  GULP!

Lest you think I’ve been totally goofing off, though, let me assure you you’re right I have been very busy!  I spent the weekend at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, and I must say, if you’re ever in the neighborhood, you should come!  It’s as crowded as the country fair, but it’s all about everything sheep!  And the wool!  It’s so gorgeous!  Everyone parades around in beautifully crafted clothing they’ve made themselves – hats, scarves, mittens, shawls and shrugs, ponchos, socks, crocheted bags, I even saw a few women in elaborate knitted dresses!  Every year I go, I’m inspired to spend the winter knitting 🙂  Not so inspired that I actually do it, mind you, but I love the idea.  Maybe this winter… 🙂

Anyway, my dear talented writer and illustrator friends Iza Trapani and Nancy Shaw and I all got to sit together to sign copies of our sheep books, and we got to do a group story time for the kids both Saturday and Sunday which was really fun.

Here we are… like our own little herd 🙂
me, Iza, and Nancy

So you see, I have a legitimate excuse for not getting my Halloweensie sample written yet.

It is making me anxious, though.  I think Something Chocolate is called for to calm the nerves 🙂  Hmm… what should we have today?  I’m in the mood for chocolate cupcakes! (am I ever not?! :))  A cupcake is basically a muffin, and therefore qualifies as a breakfast food, so dig in!

Recipe HERE at Sprinkle Some Sugar
http://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/ultimate-chocolate-cupcakes/

YUM!!!!!

Now that our mouths are full of delicious chocolatey goodness, today’s pitch comes to us from Patricia.  Patricia is a former lawyer who migrated to the not-for-profit world many years ago.  A pre-published author and long-time 12×12 and PiBoIdMo participant, she primarily writes picture books, as these are the books she best loved reading with her three (almost) grown children. Patricia currently lives with her husband, two orange Tollers and almost 400 high school students at a New England boarding school.  Find her on Facebook at Two Orange Pups, on Twitter @ptntweets, or during Susanna’s super writing contests at Wander, Ponder, Write.


Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Aunt Elvira And The Watermelon Seed
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-7)
The Pitch: A visit from Great-Aunt Elvira happened once in a lifetime.  But why did it have to be during Clarissa’s lifetime? Prim and proper Marissa was sure to shine, but with her slurps, burps and two left feet, Clarissa couldn’t imagine how she could impress her aged aunt.

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 Patricia 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 December so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Patricia is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to coming up with an idea for Halloweensie so I can write my sample and stop feeling anxious that I haven’t! 🙂  Also to seconds on that cupcake! 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday # 189 – Kitten Ciao (PB)

Hey there, friends!

I hope your week is going swimmingly so far!

I’m off in a mad rush this morning to two solid days of school visits, so no time for lollygagging about!  We’re going to get right down to it!

First, we need to attend to the most important meal of the day – Something Chocolate!  (It’s what’s for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack, snack, snack! :))

Our Would You Read It pitcher for today recommended chocolate pancakes spread with Nutella!  So here you go – chocolate pancakes!!!

YUM!  Chocolate Pancakes!!!
Recipe HERE at Bakerella
http://greatideas.people.com/2014/07/25/bakerella-chocolate-pancake-recipe/
…and here’s some Nutella to go with… 🙂

Boy, do those look good!  The cross-section really looks more like actual cake than pancake.  This is a breakfast I could grow to love 🙂

Now then.  Today’s pitch comes to us from Lisa (recommender of chocolate pancakes with Nutella) who says, “I am a Northern California based writer and aspiring picture book author who enjoys thinking and rethinking how I would describe myself in one sentence. Some days I am a chocolate pound cake baking, back yard squirrel watcher who keeps thinking I just felt an earthquake.  Other days I am a coffee frenzied, Scrabble player determined to get the 50 bonus points that come with using all seven tiles in one word.  Lately, I am an-empty nester who just gently pushed the last little birdie out into the world.  It is an exciting time for me, and I am thrilled to submit my pitch for Kitten Ciao to Would You Read It.”

You can visit her blog at https://closeddoorandopenwindow.wordpress.com/posts/

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Kitten Ciao – A Culinary Tale In Six Bite-Sized Chapters
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-7)
The Pitch: Kitten Ciao is fed up with the food at home, so he dashes off to dine in Europe, where the food must be better.  He sees famous sights, makes new friends and learns to say “hello” and “goodbye” in each country’s language. But the rain in Paris turns his crepes to goo, there are raisins in his English Pudding, the sauerkraut at Oktoberfest is, well, sour, and there’s no chocolate dip for his Spanish churros.  When he gets to Italy, the worst possible thing happens and Kitten Ciao figures out that the world will never quite be able to top the food at Mama’s table. A glossary of terms is included.


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 Lisa 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… hmm, let me see… I have to consult my calendar… I think due to the Holiday Contest we might be getting into the new year for openings, but there might be room for one or two in December… so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Finally, in case you missed the not-normally-scheduled post on Monday, it’s time to fire up your genius for the 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest!!!  Hop over HERE and check out the guidelines and fabulous prizes!

Lisa is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to 2 days, 9 presentations, 30 classes, and your guess is as good as mine how many little smiling Kindergarten – Grade 2 faces of school visit fun! 🙂  Wish me luck!!!

Would You Read It Wednesday #188 – My Next Door Neighbor Is A Dragon Princess (MG)

Gather round, y’all!

It’s time for everyone’s favorite pitching pastime!

What would Wednesday be without Would You Read It?  Just a plain old middle day of the week.  Boring.  Lackluster.  Dull!  So sad 😦

But not for us!  We’ve got a fabulous new pitch AND Something Chocolate AND each other’s company and the camaraderie of the writing community to enjoy!  (Because what would Would You Read It be without chocolate?  And what would WE be without each other?!  Luckily, we’ll never have to know! 🙂 )

Today our Something Chocolate shall be Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies, because I feel strongly that one should never have to decide between brownies and chocolate chip cookies!  That would be like Sophie’s Choice 🙂

Recipe at Recipe Girl
http://www.recipegirl.com/2012/05/29/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-brownies-take-two/

YUM!  So delicious!  And totally healthy of course!  As I’m sure you all know, chocolate is a vegetable (it comes from the cocoa BEAN!), and cookie dough most certainly involves protein, calcium, and whole grains because there are eggs and butter and wheat in there somewhere.  I feel it’s my hostessly (yes that can be a word if I want it to!) responsibility to make sure you’re all well fortified for your day! 🙂

Today’s pitch comes to us from Kirk, whom you will remember from May with his MG pitch for When Your Best Friend Wants To Be Your Girlfriend And Other Horror Stories.  Kirk is the Ringmaster of Kraft Three-Ring Circus which includes his beautiful wife, Patty, four kids aged 6-12 and a silly German Shepherd, Blitz. In all his spare time, not spent managing this circus or working his day job, he writes YA & MG fantasy, picture books and parenting nonfiction. The pitch before you is his first attempt at humorous MG. 

You can find him online at:

Twitter – @KAKraft
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/kirkkraft

Here is his pitch:

Working Title: My Next Door Neighbor Is A Dragon Princess
Age/Genre: MG
The Pitch: I didn’t care much for Maddie Buckner. At two, she bit my ear. At four she pushed me off a slide. At 8, she broke my favorite model airplane that took five months to build. At 10, she kissed me – on the lips! – under the Big Toy in the playground and told me she loved me. At 11, she spit in my face and said she hated me. Then she asked Parker Williams to the sock hop. Parker Williams! Oh, how I despised her. But then she had to go and save my life. That’s when I discovered her secret.

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 Kirk improve his 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 November so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Kirk is looking forward to your thoughts on his pitch!  I am looking forward to getting some work done.  I know that sounds insane, but I actually am.  I’m feeling behind which makes me anxious, so I want to put things to rights.  Therefore, one more Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie for strength and courage and then it’s nose to the grindstone for me!  Unless something diverting comes along… 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday #187 – Dear Cat (PB)

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

I hope you’re all wearing your raincoats and galoshes and holding tight to your umbrellas!

After the driest summer in recent memory, we are experiencing heavy rain.  The crunchy grass and thirsty trees are drinking it up gratefully, and the Weather People (who may or may not be related to the Village People :)) are all in an uproar, delighted to have weather drama to report in the form of flood watches.  I’m not sure when weather became entertainment, but boy do they do their best to keep you riveted!

Of course, when it rains like this, you know what that means…  I’ll be in my basement paddling about in the canoe and bailing out 🙂

There is an upside, though.  All that paddling calls for extra sustenance (I’ve got to keep up my strength! :)), and what better than Something Chocolate?  Hmm… what should it be today?  I don’t think we can go wrong with Oreo Brownie Trifle, do you? 🙂

Recipe HERE at BakerHomemaker
http://www.bakerhomemaker.com/2012/09/oreo-brownie-trifle.html

Yeah.  Forget the bowl/plate.  I’m just grabbing a spoon and digging in! 🙂  Enjoy!

Today’s pitch comes to us from Zainab.  Zainab Khan is a pre-published author who writes picture books that are quirky or interactive. She also writes picture books that deal with serious issues like disabilities, homelessness, and diversity. In addition, Zainab is in the midst of writing a middle grade mystery about ancient civilizations.


Before venturing on a full time writing journey, Zainab was an elementary school teacher. Having an entrepreneurial heart, she ran her own in home based  preschool. 

Raising two energetic kids  and a cat with her husband keep Zainab occupied at all hours of the day. She is also busy as the SCBWI Alameda/ Contra Costa Meet Up coordinator. 
Zainab loves making new quirky friends.  You can connect with her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/zainab.khan.967) or on twitter 

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Dear Cat
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Persistent Bird keeps bugging Cat with his letters to be his friend.  Cat snubs Bird…until it’s snack time. Cat is ready for a tasty meal except Bird has his own devious plan in mind for this “clever” cat. 

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 Zainab 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 November so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Zainab is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to rescuing any salamanders who might have floated into the basement.  Very Sorcerer’s Apprentice 🙂

Ahoy, matey’s!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!!! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday #186 – Wait For Cate (PB)

Happy Wednesday, folks!

It’s been a busy week on Blueberry Hill.  I know you’ll all be gratified to learn that our house is, at last, all one color!  I know this shouldn’t seem like an accomplishment – after all, most people’s houses are all one color.  But we are not “most people.”  Our house has not been all one color for 3 years because one of the gable ends is very high and hard to reach, so the rest of the house got stained dark brown… but that one triangular patch stayed the old lighter, redder cedar color.  It did NOT look good.  Now our house is very happy and feels like it can show its face in public again.  (Not that there’s much public to see it up here in the wilderness.  But you know, it’s the principal of the thing 🙂 ) And if any bears happen to wander by (which they do pretty frequently) they will certainly say to themselves, “Hmm!  How handsome that house looks now that it’s all one color!” 🙂

It’s like when you write a picture book and it begins as one story… and somehow ends as another.  You’ve got to pick one story and stick with it – make sure you’re ending the same story you began – you know, make it all the same dark brown.  (See what I did there? 🙂 )

Speaking of dark brown (smooth segue alert :)) makes me think of chocolate (what doesn’t?), so how about Something Chocolate?  Great idea, if I say so myself!  Always is a good time for Something Chocolate 🙂  Some days you can get by with a tootsie roll or a handful of chocolate chips, but some days you just have to throw moderation to the wind and go whole hog, and it turns out this is one of those days… I am seriously in need of gooey, chocolatey, deliciousness… so let’s have some Smores Cupcakes, shall we? – YUM!!!

See recipe at OMGChocolateDesserts
http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/hershey-smores-cupcakes/

Now that we are all covered in chocolate properly nutritionized (or possibly nutrisized? or nutriated?), today’s pitch comes to us from Diana who says, “I am a retired 1st and 2nd grade teacher with an M.S. in reading, diagnostics, and remedial reading. I retired from the U.S. Army/Army Reserves (HOOAH!) and also retired as a special effects designer and Pyrotechnician with my husband’s company. When my husband doesn’t have me hiking through the Himalayas, crewing on a 100 year old square rigger, or volunteering at airshows, I hide out and enjoy my passion for reading and writing children’s stories.” 

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Wait For Cate
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)
The Pitch: Cate has made a promise to her school friends to be on time for the big kickball game at recess. And they need her! When Cate encounters the new girl stuck in the sand in her wheelchair, Cate needs to make a decision. Should she keep her promise to her kickball team or help a new friend out of a “sticky” situation? 

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 Diana 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 November so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Diana is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to writing a story about bears admiring a dark brown house.  I think the main character’s name will be… Brownielocks!  And she will enter the dark brown house and find a pan of brownies cooling on the counter… some of which will likely be too hot, too cold, and just right…  But if you’re thinking you’ve heard this story before you totally haven’t, because Brownielocks is a bear (obviously) and the house belongs to humans.  Completely different story 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday #185 – Firefighters’ Busy Day (PB)

Hello, darlings!  Happy Wednesday!

I don’t know about where you all live, but here on Blueberry Hill autumn seems to think it’s coming early.  The hummingbirds have almost all departed for warmer climes, the mornings have been very cool, and the leaves are falling much too soon.  I hope winter doesn’t get any bright ideas because seriously I feel like last winter only just ended!  I’m not kidding! and I’m not ready for colder weather yet!

Something about September and cooler weather, though, gets me thinking about baking.  And baking gets me thinking about chocolate.  (You’re shocked, I know! :))  So I think we need something baked and chocolatey and delicious for our Something Chocolate this morning… but also healthy since we’re eating breakfast and breakfast is the most important meal of the day… hmmm… how about this???

From The Baker Upstairs
recipe here: http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2013/08/chocolate-zucchini-cake.html

See?  I always have your best interests at heart! 🙂  This snack even has zucchini in the title.  That’s how healthy it is!  (And I’m betting this cake would be a good way to sneak a little health food into your youngsters if you have any picky eaters at home!)

Mmm-mmm!  Something Chocolate always gets the day off to a good start!  And now that you’re all fortified and ready for anything, today’s pitch comes to us from Maria, whose PB pitches for The Trouble With Homework and A Pup Called Freelance you may remember from January and March respectively. Maria is an educator with a municipal fire department. She thinks she’s got the best job in the world! When she isn’t teaching others how to be safe, she can be found writing under a pecan tree, playing with her dogs and cats, or cruising around town “with the top down” searching for inspirational ideas or the next big story.

You can find her online at:
www.pinterest.com/ktownfiregirl
and
https://www.facebook.com/MJBostian?ref=hl

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Firefighters’ Busy Day
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 2-6)
The Pitch: Wow! Firefighters are Busy! Did you know that firefighters do more than just put our fires? They have many important jobs to do! Can you name some? “Washing, waxing shining the truck. Cleaning the gear, getting rid of muck.” Join author Maria Bostian as she takes you on a journey through a busy day with some of America’s favorite heroes! You can even help the firefighters get their jobs done! Busy little firefighters are safe and smart! Be sure to try some of the exciting Fire Safety Activities to turn everyday learning into firefighter fun!

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 Maria 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 November so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Maria is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to going horseback riding one of these days soon.  I help do the barn chores every weekday morning, but somehow I rarely seem to find time to ride.  I don’t really mind – I just like being around horses in any way, shape or form – they are so warm and comforting and peaceful – but autumn is one of the nicest times to ride if you get a chance – good weather and no bugs 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!!

Would You Read It Wednesday #184 – Moms (PB) PLUS The July Pitch Winner!

Well howdy, pardners!

Long time no see!  I hope you all had wonderful summers and are coming into September renewed, refreshed, and ready for lots of picture book reading, writing, and pitching, and for contests and fun and high jinx and shenanigans of all kinds!

After a busy summer and a pretty long (for me) blog break, I’m still trying to find my stride again and it will probably take me a couple weeks, but boy am I glad to see you all!!! 🙂  I have missed this wonderful community and all you lovely folks!

I think this calls for a round of Something Chocolate, don’t you?  How about some Chocolate Coconut Pound Cake?

Yum!!!

Now then!  Would You Read It business!  The winner of the July Pitch Pick (I  know! It was so long ago!) was Kirsten with her pitch for Stuck In The Muck!  Congratulations, Kirsten, on a wonderful pitch!  I have sent it to editor Erin Molta for her comments… but it occurs to me that it’s been summer, and everyone has been busy, and I have lost track of Erin… so if you haven’t heard from her yet I will see if I can discover her whereabouts 🙂

Congratulations to our other brave and talented July pitchers as well.  As always, I think you’re winners just for writing your pitches, putting them out there, and then taking the valuable feedback from our amazing readers and using it to improve your pitches for the pitch pick!  Well done everyone!

Onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Lizette who says, I am from Ontario Canada. I am heading into my 14th year as an Early Childhood Educator and I love it. Working with toddlers keeps me young! I have read many books to the children over the years and I am pretty good at picking stories to read to them as well as engaging them as a storyteller. I am in the process of writing a manuscript and I think this would be a great opportunity to get my idea out there and to get some feedback.”

Here is her pitch:

Working Title: Moms
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 1.5 – 3)
The Pitch: This book is an illustrated story about mothers. It demonstrates that mothers from all over the world love and care for their children no matter what walk of life they come from. It is very reflective of Canada’s multicultural community and celebrates diversity. It is a simple story where the only text is the word ” Mom” “Mother or “Mommy ” in various languages. The illustrations will represent the feelings and interactions that occur daily between a mother and her children.  Pictures can capture emotions and can be understood by all and make for an open ended reading experience .  

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 Lizette 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 November so you’ve got a little time to polish up your pitches and send yours for your chance to be read by editor Erin Molta!

Lizette is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things around here and catching up with you all!

It’s been a summer of change on many levels, and I am hoping to institute a few changes around here as well… but I’m not quite ready to announce anything so you’ll just have to wait and see…! 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!! 🙂

See you Friday for the return of Perfect Picture Books! 🙂

Would You Read It Wednesday – The July Pitch Pick!!!

Greetings, everyone!

I hope you have all had a lovely week since last we met 🙂

Today, since we’re tying things up before the August break, we have the July Pitch Pick but no new pitch, so less work for you! 🙂

Oh, and of course Something Chocolate to get you fueled up (and rewarded!) for your help!

Let’s start with that because… why not? 🙂  How’s this for perfect summer chocolate?

Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon!

Okay.  Possibly a little weird 🙂  But I’ll bet delicious! 🙂  It has chocolate on it.  How can it not be?

Alrighty!  Here we go on the July Pitch Pick!

#1 Lavanya – How I Made My Baby Sister (PB ages 3-7)
The thing about making a baby sister is, you have to be patient. First, you have to be patient until Mom and Dad realize you have the best idea. Then, you have to be patient for the baby to come out. But hardest of all is being patient while the baby grows big enough to play with you.

#2 Rene – Berr-r-rnice (PB ages 3-5)
Wee Woolly Bear caterpillar is STILL eating even though wintry winds are whipping. Journeying to her hibernation destination through mushy mare meadows proves treacherous. Wee Woolly Bear must persevere and ultimately discovers she’s not alone in her troubles. A 390 word story of perseverance and friendship for 3 – 5 year olds.

#3 Kirsten – Stuck In The Muck (PB ages 4-8)
Sir Whiskerson loves kitty facials and paw-dicures. When he comes whisker to whisker with a mangy mutt named Sunny, Whiskerson is desperate to remain pristine. But with Sunny stuck in the muck and sinking, Whiskerson must decide whether doing the right thing is worth a gloppy, sloppy fur coat.

Please choose the pitch you think most deserves a read and comments by editor Erin Molta and vote for it in the poll below by Sunday August 2 at 5 PM EST. Thank you all so much!


I will miss you all during the next few weeks, but this has been a pretty tough summer so far and I’m afraid I’m going to pretty much disappear from the internet.  Good lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you all on September 9 for the next installment of Would You Read It! 🙂

Have a wonderful, happy, relaxing, fun-filled, rejuvenating rest of the summer everyone!!!

See you in September! 🙂