Every once in a while I get one of those Million-Dollar Ideas like "Velcro" or "Harry Potter" floating around in my head and I fine tune that mutha till I have either a golden nugget or a nugget of dog crap.
My newest nugget? A series of Children's Books that teaches kids all about the differences between us (The Humans) and all the other species on this planet and maybe even in to the fronteirs of space and time themselves!
It's an ethnically diverse cast of 3 different 'Tweens' (10 to 12). Two boys, one girl. There's Dusty the white kid (and of course the leader/instigator because even though it's racially diverse it's lso overtly racist like all other childrens entertainment), Rita the Hispanic girl, And Jamar the Black/Muslim/"Other" ethnic.
Each story starts out with the kids being told by the teacher what they're going to be learning about tomorrow in class. "And rememer, class... tomorrow we start learning all about DINOSAURS! I hope you're ready!" Dusty gets all excited about it and shares with his best friends (the subservient Rita and Jamar) his big idea for what to do after school. And his big plan is the line of the book that all the kids are waiting for, the line that kicks of the REAL adventure of the story, the line that uses the title of the series in it:
"Let's go hump... THE DINOSAURS!"
See, Rita's uncle Carlos (for the Hispanics in these stories it's never the father - ALWAYS the uncle) is a wacky inventor who makes all sorts of Time Machines, Shrinking Rays and other plot devices that the kids reak in and use. And since Dusty *is* your average hormonaly charged 12-year-old, his desire to hump The Dinosaurs FAR outweighs the desire to respect the law and/or Uncle Carlos' privacy.
So they use Deus Ex Machina and, through a series of educational and entertaining shenannigans, discover that Human Beings just can't Hump The Dinosaurs.
Other books in the series would include:
Let's Go Hump A Day At The Zoo!
Let's Go Hump The Civil War!
Let's Go Hump The Industrial Revolution!
Let's Go Hump Fruits & Vegetables!
Let's Go Hump Africa!
Let's Go Hump An Introduction To Mathematics & Algebra!
Let's Go Hump Electricity!
These would of course be "Chapter Books", probably about as thick as your average Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys novel. So who's with me? Who's gona pony up some bread so we can pulish these books and start raking in that mad/phat Rowling-esque money?