Author Tom Angleberger has graciously agreed to offer an original drawing of the winner’s favorite character.
Or if you don’t have a favorite yet, he’ll do a Portrait of M’Lady.
What do I need to do to win the fabulous prize, you say? Simply respond and let us know whether you think the Luggertuck Lump is truly a diamond or a lump of rock.
In this case cheating is encouraged and you will find the answer by reading Horton Halfpott. We will select a winner at random on May 20th.
4 MORE DAYS!
Well? Is it a lump or diamond?
Have you ever written a diamond only to find out it was actually a lump?
Have you ever honed a lump into a diamond?
I wish I was eligible ~ I would so love that piece of book art!
All this thinking about lumps and art going on. So at the risk of creating a rambling post…
The first draft of my picture book Red, White and Blue Goodbye was well over a thousand words and covered a six month military deployment. That is a lot of story for a picture book. You might even call it a lump of a story.
Eventually I managed to focus in on the heart of the situation – the difficulty and anxiety wrapped up in preparing to say goodbye. The story shrank as it was distilled and more tightly focused.
But then it grew again with the pictures created by Ann Barrow. I learned more about the world I’d created. They lived in New England, not San Diego like I thought. There was a cat in the family. My main character is left handed. And Mr. Quack is way cuter than I realized.
I’m not sure what the connection was for Ann, but I discovered a plush Mr. Quack look-a-like designed by the illustrator Maggie Smith who has an adorable collection of cuties for sale on Etsy.
Back to the contest – make sure you decide: The Luggertuck Lump; is it a lump or diamond?
In your writing, can you tell the lumps from the diamonds?
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK