Today, I'm excited to share MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING, the latest picture book by Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos, with you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy meeting the family.
Isn't this an adorable cover? Innocent little doggie.
Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive
on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are
covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone
rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking
later, the front door swung open. In walked Macy’s dad and grandparents. The
family raced to the door to hug them.
A Picture Book
Writer’s Alternative to NaNoWriMo by Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Starting in October—and sometimes before that—writers begin
talking and brainstorming about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This annual event challenges
writers to crank out 50,000 words over the 30 days of November.
I’ve done it. I’ve known people who have won it. Some
NaNoWriMo novels have become bestsellers.
NaNoWriMo, however, was never for me. I write slowly. I’m sometimes distracted
by historical research. Though some write better under pressure, I’m not one of
them. So I began searching out alternatives and stumbled upon:
Picture Book Idea
Month (PiBoIdMo): An annual
event (moving to January in 2017) where the challenge is tocreate 30 picture book concepts in 30 days.
National Picture Book
Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee):
An annual event taking place the first week in May that challenges you to
write 7 picture books in 7 days.
My new release, Macaroni
and Cheese for Thanksgiving, is a product of both of these events. In 2010,
I participated in PiBoIdMo for the first time. Creating 30 picture book
concepts in 30 days sounds easier than it is. By Thanksgiving week I was
certain failure was in my future because the ideas were taking longer and
As I reviewed my ideas up to that point, I noticed several
of them were set during holidays—Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas. My mind
settled on Thanksgiving, but I didn’t want the typical be thankful story. Could
a holiday disaster story be the answer? It would have to be something kids
would find funny. What if right before dinnertime, the dog swiped the turkey
off the table? That “what if” became the premise behind Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving.
Months would pass before I wrote Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving during my first attempt at
NaPiBoWriWee in 2011. Encouraged by a local children’s librarian, I wrote six
new picture books that week.
I’m grateful the internet has brought about a way to connect
with writers across the globe whose creativity has led to alternatives for
those of us who were searching for new ways to challenge ourselves. I’m looking
forward to 2017 and another chance to participate in these events.
Thanksgiving. Turkey. Stuffing.
Cranberry Sauce. Mashed Potatoes. Family together. What a wonderful holiday.
But what if something happens to the turkey and trimmings? Is the Thanksgiving
In MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR
THANKSGIVING, the latest picture book by Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos, ten-year-old
Macy and her family have everything ready for the big day. They’re waiting for
Grandma and Grandpa to arrive, when the unthinkable happens. An accident
destroys the turkey. Their dinner is ruined. Or is it? How can you have
Thanksgiving without turkey? Impossible, right? Well, maybe not. Macy has a
solution to their dilemma and gives her parents, along with the reader, a bit of
history about the First Thanksgiving. Will her plan work? Will the family
The author has written a
story about a family, much like yours or mine, perhaps, that works together
when life doesn’t turn out the way they want it to. They take a situation and
make the best of it, quite creatively, I think. And in working together, they
also discover that being with family is more important than what they eat.
MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR
THANKSGIVING is a fun read that would make a good addition to elementary school
classrooms and libraries, public libraries, as well as your own library. Happy