An unlikely pair…

Our friends said we’re a silly pair,
with my big, round butt and your poufy hair.
But, we found the rhythm and together we twirled,
as we began our dance around the world.


I had every intention of letting Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentines Day Contest be the impetus I needed to finish this picture book manuscript. It has been bumping around in my head for some time. Her contest challenge was to write a story on “unlikely Valentines” in under 200 words. Well… it doesn’t get much more unlikely than this I would say…

Obviously my entry is incomplete, but I just had to share it for the sake of entertainment. Unfortunately, a work project got in the way this weekend and I was unable to give this story the time that it deserves. I will continue working on it over the next few months and will keep everyone updated on my progress though!

14 Responses to An unlikely pair…
  1. Penny Klostermann
    February 13, 2012 | 11:13 am

    I was completely entertained!!! The art is beautiful and so much fun. I love the hearts on her big, round butt:-)

  2. Penny Klostermann
    February 13, 2012 | 11:18 am

    OOOHHHHHH!!!! I just checked out your portfolio. Unbelievable! I added your blog to my Google Reader subscriptions. You are inspiring.

  3. Rebecca Colby
    February 13, 2012 | 11:27 am

    Brilliant artwork to accompany a brilliant poem!

  4. Andi
    February 13, 2012 | 11:45 am

    Thanks to both of you! I wish I could have finished, but just thinking about how I would handle the contest has really helped me with pacing, etc. I wasn’t worried about word counts for the manuscript before but I came up with a really fun and visual way to handle it as a result of trying to stay with the 200 count limit. Can’t wait to dive in and tackle it!

  5. Cathy Ballou Mealey
    February 13, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    I think I am in love with the lion’s eyebrows! And look at hippo’s little elbow! Adorable!

    I can’t wait to share this with my daughter. She is going to giggle-snort about the ‘big round butt’!

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill
    February 13, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Oh, I LOVE this beginning and your art is gorgeous! I scrolled eagerly down for more story only to find I would have to wait :( I will look forward to your updates – I would say you’ve got a great idea started here!!!

  7. LadyInRead
    February 13, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    OOh, love the illustration and the poem too..
    will look forward to the completed work! And like Penny, I have added your blog to my Google Reader subscriptions too and agree with her – you are inspiring..

  8. Erik AKA This Kid Reviews Books
    February 13, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    JUST AWESOME!!

  9. clarbojahn
    February 13, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    Adorable! What a way to start! Now you’ve set the precedent you’re going to have to do awesome all the way! Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. Renee LaTulippe
    February 13, 2012 | 6:32 pm

    Oh, what lovely work you do. Beautiful portfolio, nice start to the story. You might have just started with the words, but the illustration finishes it nicely. :)

  11. Heather
    February 13, 2012 | 7:13 pm

    “with my big, round butt and your poufy hair.” Brilliant. I would love to read it when you finish!

  12. Eric VanRaepenbusch
    February 13, 2012 | 10:01 pm

    I love the illustration of your unlikely pair! I would love to see them dance more! Good luck as you work on your idea! I think it is great start!

  13. Ben
    February 14, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    I like where your going with it!

  14. Sheri Cook
    February 22, 2012 | 6:45 am

    I love your illustration with the words you have so far! Very cute!

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