Picture Book Party Spring 2018
PBParty 23: Old King Cole is Not a Merry Old Soul
Old King Cole is Not a Merry Old Soul
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It’s bedtime…and all the cherished nursery rhymes of lore are in an uproar. No one, and I mean, no one, is happy with their rhyme, from Little Bo Peep’s sheep to The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe. And don’t get Humpty Dumpty started, because he just keeps cracking up. A different twist on a fractured fairy tale, OLD KING COLE IS NOT A MERRY OLD SOUL (579 words) will appeal to readers of The Three Ninja Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and Little Red Writing.

I’m a kid lit author/writer/journalist/Jill of all trades. I recently sold a picture book about a lonely dragon who lost his roar to McLaren-Cochrane Publishing, pub date to be announced. I’ve been published in numerous outlets such as The New York Times, Newsday,, and others. I’m also a columnist for the Children’s Book Insider newsletter, focusing on the path to publication. Additionally, my Showtime family movie MY HORRIBLE YEAR was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

Thank you for your consideration.


It was bedtime.

 A time that filled nursery rhymes with dread.

 Old King Cole burst into tears.

The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe handed him a handkerchief. “What do you have to cry about? You live in a castle and you’re waited on hand and foot.”

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This contest entry was posted on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.