There's a scene where Charlie's teacher says, "I've just decided to switch our Friday schedule to Monday, which means that the test we take each Friday on what we learned during the week will now take place on Monday before we've learned it. But since today is Tuesday, it doesn't matter in the slightest. Pencils ready!"
That's what I feel like this week :) Columbus Day threw a monkey wrench in my "schedule" (can't really say that with a straight face because, really, I don't have much of a schedule :)) So today we'll have Would You Read It as planned, and then I'll slide Straight From The Editor in with the Fun Foto Fextravaganza on Friday. Or maybe just save it for next Monday. Who can say? The test will be last Tuesday :)
Oh, and BTW, the theme for this week's Fun Foto will be MIGRATION. So start rooting around for those 0-12 year-old-friendly photos that shout migration to you!
Okay. So back to our regularly "scheduled" programming...
Oh, but first, remember that surprise I promised?
Are you still interested?
Actually, the surprise is likely a lot more fun for me than it is for you, but I have to share it anyway!
You know my story Not Yet, Rose? It's about a little girl who is waiting for a new sibling and isn't sure how she feels about it. Well, ROSE has been picked up by Frecklebox.com, a website that creates all kinds of awesome personalized gifts for kids. The result? As of right this very minute you can order Not Yet, Rose in either hardcover or paperback, for the girl of your choice, as in Not Yet, Olivia, Not Yet, Alexandra, or Not Yet, Brunhilda! How fun is that?
Check it out:
Even if you don't want to order one, you can play around with changing the name and see how it looks, which is totally fun :)
But should you ever have a little girl in your life who is about to become (or has just become) a big sister, now you can make a very special gift just for her. Plus, I know the author, so I know how you can also get your book personally signed :) The book is exactly the same as the original, with all of Nicole's beautiful artwork. They just change the name for your special girl. And there's a place for you to add your own printed dedication, too.
So, apologies if you were expecting a better surprise than that, but it seems very fun to me!
Now. Onto today's Would You Read It!
Today's pitch comes to us from the amazing Christie, who blogs about picture books and holds picture book contests over at WRITE WILD. Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Gleek
Age/Genre: MG Contemporary
The Pitch: A math whiz but not great at reading and writing, eleven-year-old Art Schaeffer unknowingly stumbles upon the school bully's rule-breaking science fair project and must find a way to expose him before the judges make their final decisions.
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 Christie 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.)
Christie is looking forward to your thoughts on her pitch!
And don't forget to join us Friday for Fun Foto (Migration) and Straight From The Editor!
(Oh, and should you happen to order a personalized copy of ROSE from Frecklebox, you will earn major brownie points and possibly even be elected King and have a servant whose only job is to bring you fresh donuts whenever you snap your fingers, but of course, you know, it's up to you :))