I have several unpublished, award-winning picture book manuscripts (under 500 words) for children aged 4 to 10:
The Bollinger series
Bollinger the butler has superhuman patience and several hidden talents. He serves the King, who constantly seeks new experiences without thought for consequences. Their relationship is similar to a parent and child (or Jeeves and Wooster). Tania McCartney described Bollinger’s Banquet as ‘creative and engaging, achingly clever and entertaining.’ The fun continues with Bollinger Plays Ball, Bollinger’s Band, and Bollinger Blows Up. The series explores major aspects of life – food, sport, music and science – to trigger important conversations while amusing children and the adults who read to them.
The Small Adventures of Fi the Flea
HIGHLY COMMENDED 2011 KBR Unpublished Picture Book Manuscript Award
Fi the Flea loses her family and must survive alone in the dark and dangerous forest of hairs on a dog’s back. When catastrophe strikes her little world, resourceful Fi must take a leap of faith to find a better life.
Old Bloat and little Bleat
SPECIAL MENTION 2011 KBR Unpublished Picture Book Manuscript Award
Old Bloat is a smelly goat, banished to a lonely mountain ledge by mean Farmer Bean. Little Bleat, the smallest sheep, feels sorry for Old Bloat, so she sets out to visit him. Reaching the ledge proves difficult, but Little Bleat’s persistence pays off in unexpected and spectacular ways.
A strange and vulnerable creature becomes lost and discovers a world of smells, both horrible and delightful. There aren't enough words to describe scents, so why not make some up? In the end, as everyone nose, no perfume is as lovely as the aroma of home.
A children's story
that can only be enjoyed by children
is not a good children's story
in the slightest.