Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
By Janie Reinart
Doughnut take this challenge lightly. Pretty peas? Choose a character from a smorgasbord of
food for your next picture book story. One of my favorite stories is Sophie's Squash by Pat
Zietlow Miller. Pat tells us how the story got started here. Tammi Sauer interviews Momoko Abe
about her new book, Avocado Asks, to find what inspired her story.
Speaking of peas, Arlo Rolled by Susan Pearson reminds me of the gingerbread man story. Arlo
is looking for independence and sets out on his own.
"At the end of the garden,
next to the berries,
lived Mary, and Gary, and Terry, and Sherry
five peas in a pod--
a plump, fat, green group,
perfect for salads
and stir-fries and soup.
"NO WAY!" said Arlo."
The Good Egg by Jory John
Sarah Hwang writes a twist on a "wanting a pet" story, with her dog-gone cute tale of Toasty.
"This is Toasty.
Toasty loved watching the dogs outside his window play. He loved how they barked and ran with each
other in the park.
He loved them so much he wanted to be a dog.
Toasty knew there were some differences. Most dogs have four legs.
But Toasty had two legs and two arms."
The Cool Bean by Jory John
Have fun with this challenge. Don't snack on your protagonist before you know the whole story.
Give us something to taco ’bout!
Oh, Janie, all those fun puns. A fine smorgasbord of books to get our creative juices flowing. TY.ReplyDelete
Kathy, you are welcome.Delete
LOL. So funny. As one of my critique group partners said, "Angie, I had to laugh. This is another manuscript about food." I have a story with peas, grits and eggs (and other foods), Mexican food characters, eggs...I guess I LOVE food. The puns are wonderful. :)ReplyDelete
Olive your stories! Yeah, what fun.Delete
Such fun books!ReplyDelete
I agree, Cheryl.Delete
LOL-love this post of fun puns Janie! Definitely something to taco 'bout-LOL I've got some reading to dip into!ReplyDelete
I love you a latte, Charlotte.ReplyDelete
Challenge accepted. And Janie, you're berry cool!ReplyDelete
Such fun books! Makes me think of Josh Funk's pancakes and French toast story... I have one manuscript but it is not humorous like these... wish i could write with humor. Just requested some of these from the library.ReplyDelete
Yvona , I want to do funny too!Delete
Fun challenge and new stories to devour. Thanks, Janie.ReplyDelete
Marty, Hope this whet's your appetite!Delete
As my daughter used to say when she was little, "It's great to be a human bean".ReplyDelete
I have a manuscript about a little boy that swims in his grandma's soup. These are great mentor textmex.ReplyDelete
I also love Arnie the Donut by Laurie Keller and The graphic novel series, Pea, Bee, and Jay by Brian Smitty Smith. Oh and Ben Clanton's Rot books. So much food to choose from. Nom Nom Nom.ReplyDelete