I’m seeking representation for my 450-word picture book, A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER.
When a newly-founded town chooses as mayor a man whose biggest assets are a loud voice, a tall hat, and an impressive moustache, bad decisions are bound to be made. It’s not enough for the town’s shops to sell regular old provisions like cakes and eyeglasses, he decides—oh no, for an exceptional town like this one, that won’t do at all. In a silly process, the mayor assigns unusual adjectives to each item, and most of the simpleton townspeople are willing to give it a try—though, soon enough, commotion breaks out. Paper bicycles? Stylish horseshoes? Wooden eyeglasses? Who’s going to want to buy all that? Luckily, a young boy named Frederick has an idea…
With an absurdist style comparable to that found in the work of Ame Dyckman, Julie Falatko, and Mac Barnett, A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER will appeal to fans of irrational humor and wit. It may find a sweet spot in first, second, and third grade classrooms where Common Core Standards require that students “use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.”
I earned my M.A. in creative writing at CSU Sacramento, and I work as an instructional designer in the insurance industry (which is a great topic to bring up when company is staying over too late and I want them to leave my house.) I have other completed picture book titles available upon request.
Thank you so much for your time,
A Town Like No Other
After they’d traveled for weeks and months, the wayfarers found a little patch of land and decided it was just the place to found a new kind of town—a town that would be like no other before it.
Nearly everyone agreed that Willard should be mayor.
“He has a very loud voice.”
“And a very thick mustache.”
“And a very tall hat.”
[Illo: And yet, a boy named Frederick has his doubts…]
And so, for his first act, Mayor Willard decreed that the town should have shops and shopkeepers.
“I’ll sell bicycles,” volunteered Kristofer.
“I’ll sell cakes,” called Marie.
“And I’ll sell books,” said Madame Madeline.
[Illo: the others also make their choices, while Frederick looks on.]
Although Mayor Willard did indeed have a very loud voice, a very thick mustache, and a very tall hat, he was not very smart.
“Every town in the land sells bicycles and cakes and books. But, as mayor, it’s my job to ensure that this will be atown like no other. So, I decree, we shall have shops like no other! Bring me ink and paper.” [Illo: Frederick reluctantly complies.]
“Kristofer!” said Mayor Willard. “You can’t sell simple bicycles—not in a town like no other! No, sir. Draw from the hat and we’ll see what kind of bicycles you shall sell.” [Illo: Kristofer draws a slip with the word “Paper” from within Mayor Willard’s upside down, very tall hat.]
Kristofer couldn’t believe his eyes. “Paper? Paper bicycles? How wonderful! There’s not a town in the land that sells paper bicycles!”
Mayor Willard beamed. “I wasn’t voted mayor for nothing, you know!”