Monday, March 23, 2015


Genre: Picture Book - Multi-Cultural Fractured Fairy Tale
Word Count: 550


Dear Agent,

Mongoose prepares for a Holi party, but her friends Mor, Langur, and Hathi have plenty of colorful, exasperating excuses when Mongoose asks for help, that is until a band of mischievous monkeys strike. It’s Little Red Hen with an Indian twist.

MONGOOSE'S HOLI PARTY is a 550- word picture book for children ages 4-8. The story introduces the Indian holiday of Holi while re-telling a colorful tale about friendship. A short glossary and an author's note is included.

I am an SCBWI member and have been a judge for the Cybils Book Awards in 2011 and 2012 (Early Reader and Fiction Picture Book categories). I recently finished a picture book mentorship with Kathi Appelt. I run a children’s book review blog, Flowering Minds ( with an active following of mommy bloggers, writers, and librarians. I am actively involved with critique groups and writer circles including, Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Ideas Month (PiBoIdMo) challenge and Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. I have taken many picture book courses on-line and via local SCBWI events.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the PBParty.

First 50 Words:

“Spring is coming. Let’s throw a Holi party!” said Mongoose. 
“Yes, a celebration with music and dancing!” said Mor.
“Yippee! A color battle!” said Langur.
 “A party with yummy, yummy food,” tooted Hathi.

“Great!” said Mongoose. “Who will help me deliver the invitations?”
“Not I,” said Mor. 


  1. I would love to read more! Please send your query letter to query[at] and attach the full manuscript to the email. Address the query to me (Maria) and include #PBParty in the subject line. Thanks!

    Maria Vicente
    P.S. Literary Agency

  2. I'd be happy to take a look! Please send a query letter and manuscript to: chquery[at]mcintoshandotis[dot]com. Please put #PB Party request in the subject line.