Listen. What I’m about to tell you may shock and upset you. For a great many people it won’t be surprising, in the least. But I feel it needs to be said.
For too long, Big Picture has run the picture book business. You know who I mean. Mo Willems. Oliver Jeffers. Drew Daywalt. Maurice Sendak. Sandra “Big Town” Boynton.
Do you guys really want Big Picture to continue to dominate our picture book lives?
We may wind up living in a world of lawlessness where pigeons harass you to borrow your car (despite not having a license), animals are encouraged towards slothfulness with an excessive number of naps, and unionized crayons. Do you really want that? Do you want that on your head? I don’t think you do.
But a world in which a plucky young hen can raise a family (and all that that entails), write and then publish a book? Well, sir and or madam, that’s the kind of world I want to live in.
So this November 6th through the 8th or so, I want you to get out there to the polls and show Big Picture the type of stories you want to see, and vote for The Little Red Publishing Hen (instructions here for those of you just joining us).
Take back our stories!
Also, here’s a very personal anecdote, from 2013. In 2013 a plucky young fish roared into the Goodreads Choice Awards, full of hope and vim and vigor. He kept up with those giants of Big Picture for a few days but was ultimately cast aside in favor of Drew “Da Hammer” Daywalt and Oliver “Bearpaws” Jeffers and their evil army of lazy crayons. Don’t let the same thing happen again. Please don’t let the same thing happen again. Please get out and vote for The Little Red Publishing Hen. Find a relative who may not yet be connected to the internet, connect them to it, and have them visit the Goodreads Best Picture Book page and write in “the little red publishing hen”. Or at least create an account in their name and then vote for them.
Don’t let Big Picture tell us what to do, vote for The Little Red Publishing Hen!