What If Bald-Headed Eagles Liked to Wear Wigs?

I thought that title might get your attention. I seek some volunteer beta readers for one of the children’s book projects on which I’m working titled A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree. An excerpt of a draft of it is below, followed by info regarding ways you can be one of the first to be able to see the whole early draft of this book.

A Day in the Shade

Of a Tickletoe Tree

By Russ Towne

One day in the shade of a Tickletoe Tree

Clyde and I slurped Burzleberry Tea

and thought how funny the world would be

if a snail had a tail that curled like a pig,

and Bald-Headed Eagles liked to wear wigs?

Or if hippos had unicorn horns?

would they be called hippocorns?

What if books had no words

but flew around like humming birds?

Or if the words “please”

made us sneeze?

Would “thank you” and “bless you” be the same,

or would they stay different names?

(End of excerpt.)

(C) Copyright 2015 Russ Towne

All Rights Reserved

The Beta Reader(s) would read one or more draft of this story and provide honest critiques of various aspects of it, such as:

I loved these parts just as they are…

These parts don’t work for me, for these reasons (specify). I recommend you change/eliminate/replace them…

Too long/or short…

I think it would work best for this (specify) age range…


While I always enjoy positive feedback, Beta Readers also provide important additional information that can help me to improve my stories. That means helping me to identify the weaker aspects of the story.

I may even dedicate this book to the most helpful Beta Readers.

Anyway, hopefully you get the idea. Please let me know if you are interested in being a Beta Reader for this story and I’ll be happy to send a full draft of it to you. (Don’t worry, it’s currently only 408 words long.)

Thank you!

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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15 Responses to What If Bald-Headed Eagles Liked to Wear Wigs?

  1. The excerpt sounds delightful – good luck finding beta readers. I would offer but I’m pretty busy these days Russ – good busy. ❤
    Diana xo

  2. I’m in, Russ. But I have to warn you, I was an English teacher for many years and can get caught up in the details. Clare

  3. Mrs. P says:

    Looking forward to more of Clyde. Too busy to volunteer right now but I am sure you’ll get the help you need…You are a pretty resourceful guy! 😀

  4. ksbeth says:

    hi, russ. i’m happy to be a reader is you still need them. if not, i look forward to it’s publication )

  5. quiall says:

    I would love to help if you still need it!

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