Title: You Can't Carry THAT on a Moto!
Word count: 836
Genre: Picture Book
Flynn isn't sure about his new home all the way across the world. His yard smells like pineapples and the grocery store only has gross, grown-up cereals. Worst of all, his toys are still sailing across the sea on a big boat. All Flynn has to play with are the red cape and small sword he brought in his suitcase.
Outside fighting imaginary bad guys, Super Flynn meets a noteworthy neighbor. Mr. Theo doesn't even have a car, just a motorcycle, and Flynn can't believe all the things Mr. Theo carries on it. A big bunch of bananas! Boxes of 6,000 bouncy balls! And more!
"You can't carry THAT on a moto!" Flynn exclaims. But day after day, Mr. Theo's moto carries crazier and crazier cargo. When Flynn shares these surprising sights with his family, they don't believe him. Even he starts to question what he's seeing. Then Mr. Theo lets him in on a seriously super secret, one so special that Flynn decides his new home might be all right after all.
YOU CAN’T CARRY THAT ON A MOTO! is an 800-word picture book with a super hero hook. It’s inspired by the experience of living in West Africa as an expat family.
On Monday, Super Flynn swatted imaginary bad guys with a small sword. His red cape swayed with every skip through his new front yard.
"I didn't know Superman moved to the neighborhood," said a man from next door.
"Super Flynn,” Flynn corrected. “Are you a bad guy?”
“Nope, just your neighbor Mr. Theo.”
Entry Nickname: Eavesdropping Monkey
Title: Family Reunion
Word count: 650
Genre: Children’s Picture Book Funny
The elephants are planning a family reunion and when the monkeys overhear they decide to have one too. But they’re not the only ones, the whole family reunion concept is too good to miss out on and it snowballs throughout the jungle. Soon the watering hole is filled to capacity with animals of different species, and tempers begin to flare. Finally a wise frog speaks up and introduces a new concept. . . Block Party! FAMILY REUNION is an amusing tale of diversity and acceptance. It is approximately 650 words and lends to lots of fun illustration.
On a hot, steamy day in the Jungle of Kree,
A sly, nosey monkey swung from a tree.
He was eavesdropping on a large elephant herd,
And he hung there and listened to every last word.
“We’ll invite all our cousins from near and afar,”
Said the matriarch queen named Ali Dalmar.
Niki Masse Schoenfeldt, Author
NATURE'S LULLABY, 2007 (Orchard House Press)
DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE!, Available Now (Shenanigan Books)