Thursday, June 5, 2008

Will Somebody PLEASE Write This Picture Book?

From the AP (photo is an AP photo as well):

Missing Cape Cod Lighthouse Located in California

"Local historians for decades thought the 30-foot tall lighthouse that once overlooked Wellfleet Harbor had been taken down and destroyed in 1925.

Turns out, it had just been moved to the California coast."

The best part? They aren't sure how it got there.

I know how it got there: it swam.

Will somebody PLEASE write the picture book of this lighthouse's journey? I am dreaming of adventures, storms at sea, and the hunt for, well, something. Mine would be written in the peaceful, seeking tone of Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece. Artwork by Chris Van Allsburg, maybe? There is your story idea for the day.

In other news, while searching for a link for The Missing Piece, I found this, which asserts that the book is "the perfect primer for children on the gender theories of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan." Hilarious.

Now go write that book.


J. Thorp said...

I don't think it swam. I think it tunneled. Buffeted by cold Atlantic winds, it stretched its stony toes far and wide, seeking a more favorable home. First it found the Gulf ... the warm waters called, and one night PWOP! -- the little lighthouse slipped underground, following its foundations south. What an adventure, popping up to see the country in the mid-Atlantic states, the river, the bayou. But when it reached the gulf, it weathered a frightful hurricanes, and again stretched its toes, seeking, seeking ... the waters of the Pacific. PWOP! Rumbling like a giant drill beneath the Plains, popping up unexpectedly in the desert, where a lone rancher thought he dreamt a stone rocketship, until at last he reached California, PWOP! and the warms waters, sunshine, a sea lions. Home at last.

Wanna collaborate? ; )

Jacqui said...

Tunneled. Nice.

Maybe this is a wordless book, with each page a picture of the lighthouse popping up somewhere else. Maybe instead of Chris Van Allsburg, we should be thinking David Wiesner.

Artists? Somebody?

I don't think we can collaborate; you write too well. Makes me look bad.

J. Thorp said...

Shut it. Who's published here?

J. Nason said...

What a great idea to do a picture book of this. You should do it. I am sure that you're going to want to read the new book by Rushdie-since you interviewed him- book, "Enchantress of Florence."

C.R. Evers said...

ohhhh! I love a good mystery. I'll have to look into it! I can't promise a PB though. ;0)

Jacqui said...

j.r.nason, yes, I have already called Sir Rushdie and demanded a personalized copy. Sort of. (Or I pre-ordered it at my bookstore).

So glad you came!

Jacqui said...

c.r.evers, can't wait to see what you come up with! Please share.