Would You Read It Wednesday #233 – Harry’s Magic (PB)


Hi Everyone!

It’s Would You Read It Wednesday, and since every day is a good day to improve our vocabulary, and tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I have decided that the word of the day is snood.

Say it with me:


Fun, isn’t it?


Rolls right off the tongue! 🙂

And in case you’re wondering what the heck that has to do with Thanksgiving what a snood is, it’s that hangy thing on a turkey’s nose – kind of at the top of its beak.  (Not to be confused with the wattle which is the hangy thing under its chin 🙂 )

Ah, the majestic turkey!


Because majestic is the word that comes to mind when describing a creature who seems a little too large for its legs and is covered in bizarre hangy things 🙂

But seriously.  We have lots of wild turkeys in our neck of the woods and they’re pretty cool in real life.  Did you know that an adult wild turkey has about 5,500 feathers, including the 18 special ones that make up the male’s beautiful fan?  That a turkey’s field of vision is 270 degrees and they can see in color?  That turkeys can swim (although they don’t do it often!)?  And that a wild turkey can run up to 25 miles per hour when necessity dictates (like when Scout and Jemma are chasing them 🙂 ) and fly up to 55 miles per hour?  (And you thought they couldn’t get off the ground!  They can… but it’s pretty funny to watch 🙂 )

And they have snoods.

What could be better?

Alrighty, then!  Now that we’ve all learned a little something about the wonder that is turkey, I think it’s time for Something Chocolate!  (It probably should be a chocolate turkey, but why go with the predictable? 🙂 )

I invite you all to join me for a delicious breakfast of Peanut Butter Fudge Cake!

Health food, as you can see, since peanut butter is protein and chocolate (from the cocoa bean) is a vegetable, and there are clearly whole grains involved in anything with the word “cake” in it 🙂

Now then, onto today’s pitch which comes to us from Anne who says, “My name is Anne Sawan. I am a writer and a member of SCBWI New England. My picture book, “What Can Your Grandmother Do?” won the International Picture Book Contest held by Inclusive Works in 2014, was recently released in Europe and will be published in the USA by Clavis Publishing this spring. I also have several ebooks on MeeGenius: When Santa Was Small, The Baseball Game, The Great Adventure Brothers and The Halloween Costume. Some of my other writing has been featured on Brain-Child, Adoptive Families, The Mid, Scary Mommy and Blunt Moms.”

Find her on the web at https://agsawan.wordpress.com/

Here is her pitch:

Working Title:  Harry’s Magic

Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)

The Pitch: Eliza wakes up on the wrong side of the bed feeling quite grumpy, almost as if a monster has taken over her body. Her brother Harry says will cast a magical spell to drive out the angry beast and restore Eliza to her sweet, silly self.  This 560 word, rhyming picture book will have children ages 4-8 laughing as they watch Eliza running about gathering up all of the necessary and ridiculous ingredients for Harry’s magic potion, but will Harry be able to save his sister in time?

So what do you think?  Would You Read It?  YES, MAYBE or NO?  (And for those of you whose mouths are stuck with peanut butter from the delicious breakfast above, you may be excused for a glass of milk so you can come back and tell Anne what you think 🙂 )

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 Anne 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 January, so you have a little time to polish your pitch before putting it up for helpful feedback and have a chance to have it read by editor Erin Molta!

Anne is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!  I am looking forward to having a houseful of family – some of whom have already arrived, the rest of whom are coming – the people I love and for whom I am truly thankful!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!! 🙂

And Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂