I hope you are all deeply impressed with my ability to render Spanish unrecognizable :) It's a gift :)
Surprise, surprise, guess where I am? If you guessed en el coche (in the car for our English speaking audience) you are correct! I may have to be surgically removed from Princess Blue Kitty come September... we are starting to have a very hard time telling where one of us ends and the other begins :)
Anyhoo, I know you are all champing at the bit to get to today's pitch, plus we have Straight From The Editor. Has there ever been anything better that Would You Read It Wednesday? But yes! The Something Chocolate that goes along with it! Of course you may grab whatever chocolate suits your fancy, but today I am serving chocolate chip pancakes because Wendy suggested them and they sounded like a perfect choice!
Here is Dana's pitch:
Working Title: CJ's Tiger
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-8)CJ has always dreamed of having a tiger for a pet, so he is thrilled when he awakens one day to find that his cat “Tiger” has transformed into a real tiger. However he soon learns that having a pet tiger is a lot harder than he imagined when the day turns into one big catastrophe!
And here are Erin's comments:
This is cute! But since most people realize that a pet tiger might be more difficult to care for than a cat, I think you might want to add at least one example of how catastrophic it can be. So, the first sentence is fine but then I would say, “However, when “Tiger” mauls her favorite scratching post to smithereens and swallows the steaks mom had out for dinner –whole, he realizes that having a pet tiger is a lot harder than he imagined.” Of course, using the scenes you were envisioning that would make the day a catastrophe :).
I think that is very helpful, don't you?
Now, it's time for today's pitch which comes to us from Kimberley who has worked as a literacy coach, elementary teacher, grant writer, public policy lobbyist, and Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers. She is a master in the art of moving and changing. She is concentrating on staying in one place, raising her children in Maine, teaching, reading, and writing.
Here is her pitch:
Working Title: Saturdays With Fish
Age/Genre: Picture Book (ages 4-7)
The Pitch: When Libby goes fishing with her stepdad he calls her “Fish”. The loud loud loud of the city is left behind as they head to the quiet quiet quiet of the pond. It is there that Libby and her Stepdad find joy as simple and warm as the sun, well, except when Libby accidentally hooks a bullfrog!
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 Kimberley 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.)
Kimberley is looking forward to your thoughts! And I am looking forward to getting out of the car... if I am still able to stand up... and no, those are certainly NOT donut crumbs! :) See you all Friday for the last Summer Short & Sweet which is going to be tons of fun!!!!!