When a mysterious Magical Hat Shop appears by their grandpa's red tractor mailbox, the children meet Tilda Pinkerton who presents them with one-of-a-kind hats, causing new ideas and talents to suddenly burst forth.
As a flood of harm comes rushing towards the farm, Tilda Pinkerton teaches the children how they can accomplish much more than anyone ever imagined.
Rating: **** 4 stars
I adored this book. Not only was it a bonding tool for me and my children, but it was entertaining, had great values that can easily be instilled in children in terminology that is not hard for them to understand. It was also easy to follow, funny, engaging and very much an enjoyable read.
Although this was my children’s and my first introduction to Tilda Pinkerton, we loved her from the start. She could be quirky and cute, intelligent, and wholesome.
Add to the mix two children who desperately wanted to save the farm they loved, you have the perfect combination for a lovely entertaining story.
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DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I am a writer, actor and public speaker. I left the city to live in the country and write. I collect hats, married my first love, have a German shorthaired pointer named Emma, and plan to some day get pygmy goats.
DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?
Yes! I have been a writer since I was eight. I entered and won a lot of writing contests as a kid. I knew I wanted to write, wasn’t sure if it was a book, movie, or memoirs… Yes, I thought about writing memoirs as a kid. I had a lot to say about life!
DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?
Publishing was not that difficult, rejection was. (Ha!) I had been with a big publisher for my first book and had gotten them through a random set of circumstances – they heard me speak at a church and approached me.
With Tilda, I went to another big publisher and was rejected. They said Tilda was too educational for them, too geared towards smarter children. That’s what sold me to keep it as it was!
I wrote a larger and smaller book series with Tilda as a vocabulary builder for kids so they more you learn the more you get to know about Tilda. The smaller chapter books are Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats for beginner readers with a very large glossary. Those books show how Tilda gifts hats to kids on Earth so they can be their own heroes. The larger books are The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton for more advanced readers (50+ women are the biggest buyers actually). They show where Tilda came from (the Sombrero Galaxy) and how she gets to Earth.
The bigger publishing house said writing for different age groups was clever but they wouldn’t know which one to start with first so they were passing.
I went the smaller indie publishing route with Quiet Owl because I had more control, kept a larger percentage once the art was paid for, and had a smaller group of people to work with. With the big house there were so many people that it got a bit like too many cooks.
DWED: Who or what would you say inspired “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats”?
Meditation. Yes, I was in a prayer/meditation asking for the muses to give me another book idea that was fun, nothing to do with trauma and recovery, and good for kids. I got “Tilda Pinkerton collects hats” and I was hooked. I thought, tell me more… and so Tilda began.
Most of my ideas have come through dreams or meditation and prayer.
DWED: How does “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
The smaller books stand out because the kids are the heroes. I turned the hero/heroine on its head (with a great hat) and instead of making the hero change everyone - she gives the children, and many adults in the story, a hat that inspires them to change their own lives.
Within the pages is a glossary of bigger words to learn as you read. There are also coloring pages at the beginning of each chapter that you can color, if the book belongs to you.
DWED: At length how would you describe the feedback for “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats”?
So far what I wanted to happen has – smart kids and clever parents LOVE and “get” Tilda. Teachers really like the chapter books too. I’ve been contacted by a group of them who are using the book in their classrooms. That makes me do a happy dance.
I’ve heard from three people so far that it was too educational for them and too focused on teaching kids better vocabulary, but that’s what I wanted to do!
Plus, I have no interest in dumbing down writing to appeal to everyone. That’s what is dumbing down our nation. I’m perfectly fine with precocious kids loving Tilda.
I’ve also heard from quite a few parents and kids that they are now inspired to make hats – which makes me giddy! If I inspire families to bring more creativity into their homes as well as teach their kids larger words to combat the LOLs of the world, then I have done my job.
DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?
Writing Tilda books (big and small), I definitely have a style. It is very Suessian. Tilda’s voice is almost written to be sung, even though I am not a singer, that’s how I see and hear her.
DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?
I prefer clean ones (in the children’s books anyway). The Tilda books, large and small, have many lessons in them. The first book focuses on paying off your debts, learning a new trade, inventing new products and respecting the old as you incorporate the new.
The main morals are that you have the power to change your life and be a better citizen of the world.
DWED: Who is your favorite character in “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” and why?
That would have to be Tilda Pinkerton herself because she speaks in rhyme. She inspires children to be their own heroes, and makes people think outside the box.
DWED: Who is your least favorite character in “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” and why?
I really don’t have a least favourite character. They all make me giggle, even Mr. Seedy.
DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?
By day I help service providers (therapists, social workers, nurses, teachers, preachers etc. ) who are helping survivors of abuse heal. Throughout 2013, I have been setting up HealingSpeakers.com for those healing from abuse and trauma and those helping them heal and move on.
By night I write books, scripts and TV shows. I have one that may be on TV in 2014 – crossing fingers and toes.
Of course, there are more Tilda books to come for beginning and advanced readers while my hat collection grows.
DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?
Love your rejection letters and keep writing! The publishing world is changing so drastically by the minute, so don’t let what one publisher says about your book sway your own intuition about it. Go find readers.
DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?
Folkmanis puppets sponsored Tilda’s chapter books and there are puppet videos for the large glossary of words on MagicHatShop.com.
Author Links: http://angelashelton.com/