And WHY did you never try to get it published?
It meets all MY requirements for a kids books.... I can SEE the pictures in my head when I read it.
Would love to see the artwork for it...
Did you know there is a 'formular" for most kids books?.... a set number of pages (set ups for publishing)
Kids get obsessed with themes... some go through dinosaur phases, Ben 10, Dora, etc.... I don't see the little boys room as having a theme as such (when he is being tucked in) but I do see seafaring items in the room, maybe shells he has collected at the beach, a fish skeleton, bit of driftwood..... maybe his dad was a sailor and there is a picture of a battleship on a shelf. Do they live in a seaside cottage and you can glimpse the sea far off through his window. Maybe his Dad IS a fisherman and he is just that bit too young to go to sea with his Dad just yet but dreams of the day he can. His teddy has on a newspaper hat he made for him.
The pirates would have to be "scarey" enough but also bumbling and silly enough not to scare kids too much. Since the Capt is fat, Phillip would have to be long and scrawney with a distinctive pirate outfit; this would work well for the the scene where they are netted with bits of Phillip poking out of the net (kids love to hunt and find things like that in story books)
The sea would have to be big enough and wild enough in the scenes where he is sailing it on his bed (after all bed is the safe place in a scarey storm) with Teddy standing bravely hanging onto a bed post his paw up to his eyes scouring the horizon for land.
Its wonderful Mongo.
You should DO something about this.
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