Imagine if Eloise were African American and lived in New Orleans instead of New York. Meet Delphine Denise Debreaux!
Delphine Denise resides in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, where she runs the city alongside her mom, Mayor Maude. Vivacious Delphine Denise is always in search of adventure and fun and what’s more fun than Mardi Gras? When Mayor Maude announces the prize for the best float in this year’s Mardi Gras parade, Delphine Denise decides she will stop at nothing to win that big, shiny crown. But when Delphine Denise’s plan to build a prize-winning float goes all wrong, can she find a way to still make this the best Mardi Gras ever?
Delphine Denise and the Best Mardi Gras Ever is a character driven picture book about a young African American girl, who despite her Mom being Mayor, just wants what all kids want… to have fun with her friends. Fans of Eloise and Fancy Nancy will fall in love with this unreliable yet lovable narrator who lives life to the fullest and whose personality and adventures are as big as the Big Easy.
I am submitting my manuscript to you as a result of research that you are actively seeking and find value in books with diverse characters. I was a voracious reader as a child and craved a character that personified my voice and my experiences. Now as a mother of an African American little girl, three decades later, I still have not encountered a character that shares my daughter’s story and identity. I created Delphine Denise Debreaux for her and other little girls who deserve to see faces, hear voices, and experience adventures that mirror their own and represent them in ways that make them proud.
Per your submission requires, you will find the first 50 words pasted below. I look forward to hearing back from you and thank you for considering my work.
(Art note: African American girl dressed for Mardi Gras; curly hair piled high atop her head. She is in her bedroom which is decorated for Mardi Gras).
I’m Delphine Denise Debreaux and there are three absolutely important things to know about me.
My favorite letter is D.
My favorite color is purple.