12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge

Working on a picture book manuscript? Do you dream of publication? Love making writing friends online?

Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 challenge is for you!

http://12x12challenge.com/

What is 12 x 12?

The goal is to write a new picture book manuscript each month for an entire year.

There is exclusive content once you join, webinars, a private facebook group, and critique options.

It is a great value.

Two levels of membership are available (SILVER and GOLD). Limited GOLD spots are available each year.

If you are a member of SCBWI, or thinking about attending a conference, add this challenge to your wish list.

This will be my second year being involved. I love the community I have met.

Thanks Julie for this awesome resource!

” Mommy’s Little Wordlings” Book

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Blurb:

Little words hold big meanings. The Little Wordlings are children who use their simple words to express their feelings for loved ones. No one is more adored than the first person who made them smile. No one is more cherished than the person who gave them life. There is no one like Mommy. Join the Little Wordlings as they show Mommy how much she is appreciated and loved.

Release Date: April 7, 2015

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Book Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25221646-mommy-s-little-wordlings?from_search=true

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/0990556247

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Author Bio:

I live with my family in Massachusetts where I get to enjoy the four seasons. I love unique and interesting things—things that make a lasting impression. I am constantly looking for inspiration that I can use in my writing. Everything has a story to tell.

Website: http://www.linhnguyenng.com
Twitter: @linhnguyenng
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Write Wild Post #10 Plot

“Dinosaur vs. School” by Bob Shea
Published 2014 Disney Hyperion
Word Count = 110

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“Roar! I’m a dinosaur!”

Dinosaur goes to school and meets new friends. They play dress up. “Roar! Shoes! Roar! Hats!”
Dinosaur makes crafts with “glitter, glue, and googly eyes!”
Dinosaur eats lunch. “Roar, raisins! Roar, apples!”
They play music. “Roar! Plink Toot! Strum”
“Now dinosaur and his friends will do something they have never done before…clean up”
“Everyone helps…everyone wins!”

Also, lots of onomatopoeia in the Dinosaur books.
Roar!
Sprinkle!
Shake!
Plink
Strum
Rat tat tat
Wheeze
Toot!
Rum Pa Pum

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Write Wild Post #9 Word Play

“Llama Llama Holiday Drama” by Anna Dewdney
Published 2010 Viking
Word Count = 384

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Today I am looking at word play (metaphors, puns, word play, verbs, synonyms, alliteration, vocabulary, etc.) in Llama Llama Holiday Drama.

Alliteration example:
“Wishing, waiting, wanting things”

Word play:
“Llama Llama, Holidrama!”

Onomatopoeia:
Llama llama starts to swoon
Jingle music
Hustle bustle

Vocabulary:
Dreidels
Eggnog
Snowflakes

Decorating words:
Sprinkles
Ribbons
Sparkles
Sticks
Glue

Draw
Decorate
Make

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Write Wild Post #8 Pacing

“The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Published 2013 Philomel Books
Word Count = 999

crayons

I picked this book for the topic of pacing.

Each page layout has a letter from a crayon and a picture on the opposite page.

The red crayon wants some rest. He even has to work holidays to draw Santas and hearts.
The illustration shows Santa, a firetruck, and red fruit.

The purple crayon wants Duncan to stay inside the lines.
The illustration shows a purple dinosaur and wizard dressed in purple robe & hat.

The beige crayon is tired of being second place to brown.
The illustration shows a sad crayon with a drawing of wheat.

The gray crayon is tired from drawing big animals (elephants and whales).
The illustration shows a page full of gray animals.

The white crayon feels empty from being used to fill in empty space between other things.
The illustration is a white cat in the snow.

You get the idea of the pacing of the book.

At the end of the book is a 2 page spread. Duncan has tried to keep all of the crayons happy.

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Write Wild Post #7 Conflict

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!” by Mo Willems
Published 2006 Hyperion Books for Children
Word Count = 197

pigeon

In this book from the Pigeon series, the pigeon does not want to go to bed.

He makes excuse after excuse why he should be able to stay up.

“First of all, I’m not even tired!”

“I hear there’s a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational.”

“Y’know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day…”

“Can I have a glass of water?”

“I’ll go to bed early tomorrow night instead!”

The conflict is resolved when the tired pigeon cannot stay awake any longer and falls asleep.

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Write Wild Post #6 Theme

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown
Published 2013 Little , Brown and Company
Word Count = 191

mr. tiger

Today, I am looking at theme in Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.

At the beginning of the book, all of the animals are very proper. They walk upright like people and wear clothes and hats. They have very nice manners.

“Everyone was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger.”

“He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be…wild.”

He becomes wilder each day, eventually ditching his formal clothes and becoming completely wild.

roar

At the end of the story, Mr. Tiger feels free to be himself. The other animals watched his behavior. And they learned to accept themselves as well.

tiger

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Write Wild Post #5 Dialogue

“The Monstore” by Tara Lazar
Illustrated by James Burks
Published 2013 Aladdin
Word Count = 542

monstore

I chose The Monstore to look at dialogue. The dialogue in this picture book is told in balloons (such as you would see in comic books).

A little boy, Zack, visits the monstore in hopes of finding a monster to scare his pesky little sister (Gracie).
The dialogue occurs between Zack and Gracie, and between the shop keeper and Zack.

Zack keeps buying monster after monster, but none are successful at scaring his sister.

“I want a refund” he tells the clerk.

The storekeeper’s policy is “Sorry. No returns. No exchanges”.

“But Manfred (the monster) doesn’t work”.

“Add another. Monsters make bigger scares in pairs.”

Later, “Add another. A monster threesome is more gruesome than a twosome.”

Finally, at the end of the book, the little sister asks her brother “Will you sleep in my room? There’s something scary up there!”

Zack says “That’s what you’re afraid of?”

“Yes! It’s all sharp and prickly! And it’s so shiny and bright, it’s hurting our eyes! Get it out of here! Please!” (She is afraid of a tiara).

He removes the “tiara terror” from her room.

“You’re the best brother ever!”

Zack asks “What are we going to do?” (with all of these monsters).

Gracie has a “monster of an idea”.

She opens the monstore 2.

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Write Wild Post #4 Beginnings & Endings

“Here Comes the Easter Cat” by Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Published 2014 Dial Books for Young Readers
Word Count = 293

easter cat

This book starts out that Cat is jealous of the Easter Bunny. It opens with Cat walking by a picture of the Easter Bunny and frowning. Everyone loves the Easter Bunny because “he’s nice” and “delivers chocolate eggs to millions of kids”.

Cat decides to be the Easter Cat, ends up befriending the Easter Bunny, and helps him deliver the candy.

The ending is genius that it leaves the series open to sequels. Cat returns dressed as Santa. (Here Comes Santa Cat was released in time for the holidays last year).

The story is cleverly told through Cat holding up signs to express his thoughts.

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