My New Children’s Book
by Jennifer Greene-Sullivan
My illustrator, Joshua Wichterich, has the manuscript for my new series about a Jack Russell named Festus. I am not happy with the title. I could use some help. Please complete the POLL to help me choose a new title. The poll is followed by a SNEAK PEAK of the story.
Options for “Festus’ Pink Poop Emoji Pillow” Title Edit
Sneak Peek of the First Book in the Series about Festus
Festus is a rambling, rambunctious Jack Russell who lives on his family’s farm. He runs free and fast in his yard. Sometimes, he acts naughty and chases the ducks that swim in the pond.
One day, his dad, Mr. Farley, drove up the driveway and caught Festus chasing one of the ten Peking ducks. The duck ran very fast then flew low to the ground. Mr. Farley called Festus, and the bright, white duck made it into the pond.
The grateful duck swam happily back to the edge of the pond, and she hopped right back onto the bank. Mr. Farley scolded Festus as he grabbed him up in his burly arms.
“Festus, your mom is going to tan your hide if you catch one of her precious ducks.” Festus sneezed and whimpered as if he already knew that he was in big trouble.
When Festus’ mom returned home from work, she found Festus curled up asleep on her bed. “Festus, my sweet boy! What are you doing in the house?”
Mrs. Farley sat down and rubbed Festus’ speckled and white belly. “Let’s go find out what happened! Come on, Boy.” she called as they walked into the living room.
Festus quickly jumped up into Mr. Farley’s lap as he rocked in the soft, brown recliner. “So, what exactly did my sweet boy do wrong today, Honey?” Mrs. Farley asked.
“Well, he chased one of the female ducks near the pond earlier, and I believe he would have caught it. He is a natural hunter.” Mr. Farley answered as he stroked Festus’ back.
“Of course, it is natural for him to hunt. I raised my ducks all spring long, and I have to protect my babies until they are older. So, I suggest that Festus become a house dog for a while.”
Mrs. Farley said sternly. Festus turned his head and looked confused. He had never lived inside before now.
The Farleys didn’t have many toys inside the house for Festus to play with, so their two children donated a few to keep free-spirited Festus entertained. The two children placed the box of donated toys down in front of their dog, and he dove right in nose first.
Festus pushed and prodded the box until he grabbed and pulled out his favorite one–a hot pink poop emoji pillow. He flung the pillow up in the air, and Festus quickly shook the pink pillow from side to side.
After several minutes, he stopped slinging the poop emoji pillow, and Festus dragged it to the couch where he curled up beside it.
The next morning, Festus barked really loudly and ran over to the picture window. The ducks had all waddled over to the front yard to play in the puddles from last night’s rain. He wanted to get to them so badly, but he could only watch them through the window.
Living in the house had its perks though. He ran around the house, chasing the Farleys’ young son, and Festus ate from his food bowl whenever he walked by it.
Sometimes though, he was sad when he looked out the window. He longed to run around outside, to jump onto the Ranger, and to dig in the dirt.
^^^End of Sneak Peek^^^