Title: CLYDE MOONET
Word count: 471
Genre: Picture Book
If you enjoy picture books with an interesting twist, I’d like you to meet a talented cow with a unique painting style…
CLYDE MOONET is a 471-word picture book based on the life of Claude Monet. Clyde is tired of painting inside like other artists in his herd, yet no one understands his impressionistic style. But that all changes when he creates a special series for his brother Biff. I’ve infused nonfiction elements into the story, such as actual quotes from Claude Monet and back material highlighting aspects of Monet’s life that parallel this story.
First 50 Words:
Clyde Moonet was supposed to paint with his class. But while others painted
vanilla ice cream,
and milk jugs,
Clyde painted the pasture’s color and light.
“You call this ice cream?” Monsieur Milkypants asked.
“Nature is the source of my inspiration,” Clyde replied.
He knew there was more to painting than painting inside.
Entry Nickname: Lila's Smiling Quest
Title: SMILE, MOMMY
Word count: 300
Genre: Picture Book Rhyme
Lila's Mommy has been sad since her Daddy went to heaven and Lila doesn’t know what to do to make her happy again. She thinks her Mommy’s smile will only come out if she does something amazing. So she tries jokes and magic tricks; saying her alphabets and singing songs. But in the end, Lila learns that sometimes the simplest words and actions are the ones that help the most.
SMILE, MOMMY is a picture book rhyme complete at 300 words and written for children ages 4-8 with a message about comforting others.
First 50 words:
Mommy’s heart hurts and I know why.
Why she doesn’t smile and only cries.
Daddy’s not here. He went up above.
But Mommy says he looks down on us; eyes filled with love.
So we should give our biggest smiles so he will see.
But the only one smiling between us is me.