Yesterday, I was on the treadmill scanning the publishing blogs. That’s when I spotted Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster.
Koster is an elementary school librarian. In the course of her job, she’s seen how popular folk tales are. She’s also seen the demands for fall and winter holiday books. So she combined the two.
Not surprisingly, this got me thinking about a variety of possibilities.
What would happen if Little Red Riding Hood set out to visit Grandma on the Day of the Dead? Or Goldilocks dropped in on the Three Bears on Christmas Eve? What if the Three Billy Goats Gruff were caroling when they traipsed over the trolls bridge?
Obviously, not every mash-up is going to work. Having Little Red Riding Hood determined to make the trip on Grandparent’s Day might create some fun possibilities but how big would the market be? I’d want to look at numbers before taking on this story idea. Christmas would probably have more appeal.
It might also help to look for natural connections. Thanksgiving is pretty food based so what about a Three Bears Thanksgiving Dinner. Blessedly the porridge would have to go. Maybe to be replaced by everyone’s various takes on stuffing/dressing or cranberries.
You would also have to take the time to see what is out there. I’d be absolutely shocked if no one has done the Gingerbread Man as a Christmas cookie. But I should check before I make assumptions. Speaking of assumptions, before trying a new twist on for size, it would be a good idea to see how many Christmas Three Bear books are out there or how many Three Bear Books in general.
Wait . . . what about Thanksgiving Three Little Pigs. Thanksgiving as we celebrate it has nothing to do with building, but we do tend to make pigs of ourselves . . .
Pardon me. I need to go look into a few things before starting a new draft.